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U.S. keeps building new highways while letting old ones crumble

The Sacramento Bee -- WASHINGTON -- Oil-rich Texas has built more highways and bridges than any other state, but over the next two decades it will fall $170 billion short of what it needs to keep the sprawling network in good repair.

In California, transportation officials estimate that 60 percent of the state’s roads and a quarter of its bridges need to be repaired or replaced, at a projected cost of $70 billion over a decade, some $52 billion more than the available funds.

North Carolina anticipates that it will fall short of keeping its highways in current condition by $22 billion over the next 30 years, and would need more than twice that amount to improve them.

America’s highway system, once a symbol of freedom and mobility envied the world over, is crumbling physically and financially, the poten


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honda0105
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Message Posted: Feb 6, 2013 5:58:34 AM

bad move. What else is new though?
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52MPG
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Priorities sending.
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Message Posted: Feb 4, 2013 7:47:24 PM

More good news.
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doctorindyj
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Message Posted: Feb 4, 2013 4:18:02 PM

I don't know about anywhere else but here in the orange barrel capitol of the world they are constantly upgrading the old one. I have been living with 14 years of construction where they started working on the bridges closest to me and started working south.
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blupupher
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Message Posted: Feb 4, 2013 8:19:15 AM

the US is heading to an infrastructure nightmare in the next decade, no just roads but power lines, sewer and water also.
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People will die first
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goldrose1
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Not going to get any cheaper.
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bvrbill
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Message Posted: Feb 4, 2013 12:30:15 AM

We must maintain our roads and bridges.
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they want more taxes
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C.Carpets
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Face it we're Broke.
Cities
States
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All Broke
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Time will tell what will happen.
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NC has been under poor management for a while IMO.
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10k
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Message Posted: Feb 4, 2013 12:20:12 AM

heyyyyyyyyyyyy..don't drag north carolina into the same barrel with land of fruits and nuts (that would be california, to y'all libs)..
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Money, money, money!
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The thought process is strange.
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OK!!!
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not good
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Message Posted: Feb 4, 2013 12:17:36 AM

rahcat seems to have a very good idea when he says "Put welfare recipients and prisoners to work on our crumbling highways."

Sounds something like to old WPA that FDR created. Somehow I can't imagine today's Democrats doing that unless all those workers suddenly became union members.

[Edited by: ShadowACE at 2/4/2013 12:18:08 AM EST]
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bevmill
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You got to keep old roads repaired.
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Message Posted: Feb 4, 2013 12:16:40 AM

Not many new ones built in decades
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Wake up America
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Got to spend the money Obama is giving out somehow!
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Message Posted: Feb 4, 2013 12:13:49 AM

Te American way
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Message Posted: Feb 4, 2013 12:13:17 AM

Got to keep up with repiars.
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Message Posted: Feb 4, 2013 12:10:54 AM

old
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kingpin6
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Message Posted: Feb 4, 2013 12:10:54 AM

Sooner or later, we have to do more or the roads and bridges will fail!
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Message Posted: Feb 4, 2013 12:10:48 AM

crooks
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jetskijerry
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stupid
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Tax spend, tax spend!
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A thousand years from now, this is going to confuse the heck out of archaeologists.
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rahcat
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Message Posted: Feb 4, 2013 12:07:48 AM

Put welfare recipients and prisoners to work on our crumbling highways.
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Message Posted: Feb 4, 2013 12:06:48 AM

The government will never keep up with it.
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HailstormCA
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Message Posted: Feb 4, 2013 12:06:10 AM

It's happening to more than just roads and bridges.
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mcmonsta
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Message Posted: Feb 4, 2013 12:05:05 AM

so much for a plan
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NAVYHM
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Message Posted: Feb 4, 2013 12:04:23 AM

WELL, ITS TEXAS... WHAT ELSE IS NEW...
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Tsunamiron
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Message Posted: Feb 4, 2013 12:04:13 AM

Stop building new highways before the old ones are taken care of.
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Message Posted: Feb 4, 2013 12:03:56 AM

America's existing roads need to be repaired, before building new ones.
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Message Posted: Feb 4, 2013 12:03:48 AM

Bozama said all our bridges would fall down - - -
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mlmeng
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Message Posted: Feb 4, 2013 12:02:46 AM

All that stimulus and highways falling apart? FDR is rolling over in his grave.
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SavALot
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Message Posted: Feb 4, 2013 12:02:11 AM

the state of some of our highways is really sad
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MinnesotaDJ
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Message Posted: Feb 4, 2013 12:00:13 AM

Guess its up to the people to do something to keep our own roads safe!
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Message Posted: Feb 3, 2013 11:59:43 PM

NO...
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bobcatfan
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Message Posted: Feb 3, 2013 11:59:24 PM

The real question is how many of the "old roads" are decommissioned and eliminated.
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Message Posted: Feb 3, 2013 11:57:02 PM

Yup
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mrreferee
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Message Posted: Feb 3, 2013 11:56:51 PM

Time to take a page from FDR: Let's repair the infrastructure and put the unemployeed to work to do the work. A win-win picture
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NorthglennBill
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Message Posted: Feb 3, 2013 11:54:45 PM

Where are the priorities?
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Message Posted: Feb 3, 2013 11:54:32 PM

I guess the reason for building new toll roads is because it does not cost the Government any money.
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jetlagAK
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Message Posted: Feb 3, 2013 11:54:08 PM

Spend & Tax! hYpe and Chains!
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Message Posted: Feb 3, 2013 11:52:26 PM

charge per mile.....
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What a surprise!!!! Lack of planning and funding...
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Message Posted: Feb 3, 2013 11:47:18 PM

Scary info.
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