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Tuesday, April 8, 2008

You're not going to believe this one...

Popular Mechanics just published its review of "The 10 Pieces of U.S. Infrastructure We Must Fix Now." Can you believe that the Dover Bridge near Sandpoint ranked at #7. Senator Shawn Keough and Rep. George Eskridge, along with other north Idaho lawmakers, have continually made the case to get the bridge funded. At one time, they were asking for a mere $10 million in the GARVEE package to get this project done. Now the price tag is somewhere near $25 million.

Compared to the other nine projects on the list (the Alaska Way Viaduct in Seattle being #5), the cost of the Dover Bridge is a pittance. The other nine projects rank in the hundreds of millions of dollars -- if not billions -- to finish.

Question: Isn't it kind of embarassing to have such a small project compared to the replacement of the Brooklyn Bridge, or the rebuild of Chicago's O'Hare Airport?

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