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Many Bergen County bridges
nearing end of lifespan

The Record [Hackensack, NJ], by John C. Ensslin

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Posted By:Ribicon, 9/30/2012 11:21:00 PM

Drive over any bridge in Bergen County and there’s a pretty good chance that it either needs major repairs or replacement, according to a national rating system. The county has 195 bridges, 25 of which have been rated as “functionally obsolete,” meaning that they are candidates for replacement. And 65 others have been rated “structurally deficient,” signifying that major repairs are needed. But this year, the county will spend just $29 million on bridge repair and reconstruction — a figure that comes nowhere near addressing the amount of work that state inspectors say is needed to return the spans to a

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Bergen County, NJ, is among the top 3 in the nation in property taxes levied, yet they have no money to fix their bridges and roadways.

Plenty of money for public employee pensions, though.

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: annie xango, 9/30/2012 11:24:30 PM     (No. 8901185)

Is this our crumbling infrastructure that BHO is always yammering about..???

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Reply 2 - Posted by: ColonialAmerican1623, 9/30/2012 11:27:17 PM     (No. 8901186)

Over a billion dollars to keep the first grifters in lifestyles of the rich and infamous and untold billions in foreign aid, and we can't afford new bridges ?

Go ahead, give him four more and see what happens.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: Japanorama, 9/30/2012 11:55:49 PM     (No. 8901217)

Someone alert Tony Soprano.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: Ida Lou Pino, 9/30/2012 11:57:02 PM     (No. 8901219)

Aww, c'mon - - they just want the money to fix the bridges - - then they'll never ask for any more money again - - never ever.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: steveracer, 9/30/2012 11:57:23 PM     (No. 8901220)

Hey what happen to the 800 billion dollars we sent your way?

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Reply 6 - Posted by: country boy, 10/1/2012 1:12:57 AM     (No. 8901289)

Any of these bridges near water are almost impossible to touch anyway. The EPA and DEP have a death grip on that stuff. Anything that has enough water in it to get your shoes wet has a cult-like status.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: Spidey, 10/1/2012 5:28:19 AM     (No. 8901390)

A story like this is always a set up for higher taxes or an angle to get a grant from the feds. Obama has added tons of new transportation bureaucrats whose money could be put towards this. The problem is fixed bridges don't vote,unionized gov't workers do.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: sgtfox of the jarhead clan, 10/1/2012 7:57:31 AM     (No. 8901558)

After a complete inspection by the UNION INSPECTORS, they discovered that billions are needed for UNIONIZED bridge builders. The UNION leaders will then return a cut of dues to the DNC, keep most for themselves and give a little to local democrats who are in on the scam. Anything left over will be kept for bonuses for wives and children on staff.

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Reply 9 - Posted by: Scottyboy, 10/1/2012 8:14:37 AM     (No. 8901588)

Unsafe bridges are common in Bergen County, but english speaking people are rare, and that's the real problem.

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Reply 10 - Posted by: Throwback, 10/1/2012 8:20:02 AM     (No. 8901597)

Behold our future. They did not keep up with proper maintenance in the good times. What else nobody thought about will fall apart in the next ten years?



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Reply 11 - Posted by: JimJr, 10/1/2012 1:03:16 PM     (No. 8902323)

A. There is a problem with infrastructure in the is country, bad reporting notwithstanding.

B. For local/county/state politicians, replacing old water mains and bridges isn't as "sexy" as building or repaving roads.

C. Add eco-mentalists, unions and regulation-happy bureaucrats into the mix and you get projects that move at a snail's pace while they suck up hard-earned tax money like Dyson vacuum cleaners.

My state has mostly side-stepped "C" for county and local projects. We can build 100+ safe, serviceable, boring concrete bridges for $59 million. (Because we have and continue to do so.)

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