Weekly Poll (14)


U.S. Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg stated in an interview that a massive backlog of broken bridges may mean that aging structures in need of repairs won’t be fixed soon. Do you believe enough is being done to address the high number of bridges in the U.S. in need of repairs?


President Joe Biden announced $292 million in bipartisan infrastructure law funding for a “critical” early phase of the Hudson Tunnel Project. Do you think that is enough funding for the large-scale New York City project?


The Federal Highway Administration released a report that Utah has the lowest percentage of bridges on the National Highway System classified in “poor” condition out of all 50 states. The Utah Department of Transportation attributes this to its “proactive approach” to maintain the state’s roads and bridges. Do you believe all states should use this maintenance method?


The Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration recently announced a final rule to strengthen the safety and environmental protection of more than 300,000 miles of onshore gas transmission pipelines. Do you believe these changes will further prevent tragedies like the San Bruno pipeline explosion in 2010?


The Bridge Replacement, Rehabilitation, Preservation, Protection and Construction Program (Bridge Formula Program) is expected to help repair approximately 15,000 highway bridges in the United States. However, the National Bridge Inventory shows that more than 43,000 bridges in the country are in poor condition. Do you think enough is being done to address the nation’s bridge repairs?


The New Jersey Transit Board recently approved a $1.5 billion contract to replace the 110-year-old rail bridge Portal North Bridge. Given the American Society of Civil Engineers’ recent report that 7.5% of United States bridges are structurally deficient and that the nation’s backlog of bridge repairs requires an estimated $125 billion, do you believe bridge replacement, rather than repair, is a more time- and cost-efficient method of solving the infrastructure problem?


Wisconsin government officials are offering the relocation, rehabilitation and preservation of three historic steel truss bridges entirely free of charge in preparation for a new bridge. Do you believe the government officials should have attempted to sell these bridges for a profit?


At the end of November, Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan announced that the city had decided it would repair the West Seattle Bridge, as it was the quickest, most cost-effective option. Do you think the decision will prove wise in the long run?


In early November, a sinkhole roughly 100 feet long and 20 feet deep opened in Downtown Pittsburgh, causing a Port Authority G31 bus to partially sink with it. Do you think the incident is a wake-up call to upgrade Pennsylvania’s infrastructure?


In October, two members of the U.S. House of Representatives introduced a program that aims to reestablish the federal Highway Bridge Replacement and Rehabilitation Program, which would provide federal grant money to states in need of bridge repairs or replacements found by the Federal Highway Administration. Do you believe this can help save some of the country’s most structurally deficient bridges?


Earlier this month, crews began dismantling the Herbert C. Bonner Bridge (located in the Oregon Inlet of North Carolina) with guillotine-like saw blades in order to use concrete portions for an existing offshore artificial reef. Slated to be complete by 2020, do you think this method of removing the bridge’s piles and spans will prove to be financially effective?


At the beginning of September, it was reported that a panel of independent experts approved a $100 million fix for the sinking and tilting 58-story Millennium Tower in San Francisco. Do you think the installation of 52 new piles, extending twice the distance into the bedrock of the north and west sides will prove to reduce future sinking and improve the structure’s seismic performance?


The Florida Department of Transportation recently released information on an $802M infrastructure plan slated to take place in Miami over the next four years. The project involves a new six-arch bridge and rehabilitation to three major highways, all slated to be constructed at the same time. With holidays, weather, special events and unforeseen circumstances all taken into account, do you think the project will be successfully completed by fall 2023?


Earlier this month, more repairs were announced for a troubled SC bridge that it has cost the state DOT $6 million in repairs so far. Do you think there is a point where repairs are outweighed by the benefits of building a new structure?


 
 
   

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