The New, Expensive Bridge–Oops!

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The newly-renovated Bayonne Bridge connecting New Jersey and Staten Island had to be closed yesterday–because, when winter weather hits, the freakin’ ramp turned out to be too steep and cars and trucks not only couldn’t climb the slippery slope: some of them got up a little ways and began to slide back down.

This after millions of dollars were spent on assorted feasibility studies, tens of millions on construction, with a bottom-line cost of well over a billion dollars and maybe, eventually, more.

Didn’t they know it would be too steep, if the roads were icy? Aren’t engineers supposed to know those things? Or were they just counting on Climate Change to make snow and ice and sleet, like, just not happening anymore?

Can’t take it back to the store and ask for a refund, can we?

Oh, well, hey, it works just fine in nice weather!

About leeduigon

I have lived in Metuchen, NJ, all my life. I have been married to my wife Patricia since 1977. I am a former newspaper editor and reporter. I was also the owner-operator of my own small business for several years. I wrote various novels and short stories published during 1980s and 1990s. I am a long-time student of judo and Japanese swordsmanship (kenjutsu). I also play chess, basketball, and military and sports simulations. View all posts by leeduigon

5 responses to “The New, Expensive Bridge–Oops!

  • marlene

    “…millions of dollars were spent on assorted feasibility studies, tens of millions on construction, with a bottom-line cost of well over a billion dollars and maybe, eventually, more.” Maybe the project wasn’t about building a viable bridge at all, just one that generated the money to build it. There’s a whole new crew just waiting to get their share by “fixing” it.

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    • leeduigon

      Good heavens, that would imply that there may possibly, conceivably, ah-c’mon-now be some form of corruption in New Jersey…

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      • marlene

        Nah, it doesn’t even touch the surface – t’s a bridge, not a road… I thought I was being generous. We could spend a lot of time discussing whose state is more corrupt, but I’d just be telling you what you already know – lol.

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  • Unknowable

    I am increasingly convinced that the human race it digging its own grave with all of this complexity. There are experts and engineers galore, but common sense is startlingly rare.

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  • thewhiterabbit2016

    Another good reason to be a Christian libertarian. The private sector out performs government work, running circles around them.

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