A New York History Lesson
January 16, 2010
It’s one thing to forget about mistakes made generations ago. But stupid New York State should have known better.
Those who forget their RECENT history are doomed to repeat it. And that’s just inexcusable!
A report and audit by New York State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli‘s office of the New York State Department of Transportation reveals a number of bridges across the state are in need of repair – and some may be in worse shape than the Champlain Bridge which was recently shut down and demolished. HT-CN9
When it comes to our bridges we’ve literally been down this road before. This isn’t the first time we’ve suddenly had a large amount of bridges in need of repair.
The Schoharie Creek Bridge on the New York State Thruway collapsed on the morning of April 5, 1987 after three decades of service. The collapse of pier three caused two spans to fall into the flooded creek. Five vehicles fell into the river, and ten occupants died.
Back then as now there was a mad rush to inspect all of New York’s bridges. Not only were a number found to be in need of repair but a number were found impassable. In the Albany area the Route 4 bridge just north of Schuylerville was closed as a result of these inspections.
If only we learned our lesson back then. Don’t take bridges for granted, but inspect them frequently. Either that or 20 years from we’ll be going through the same thing someplace else!
It’s just so frustrating when it seems no matter what the issue is politicians have to play their games. They don’t care that lives and livelihoods could be at stake.
How can we get more people in government who care more about something other than just getting reelected?
What say you?