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We hear everyday about our crumbling infrastructure. Bridges in a state of disrepair and falling apart and the danger to the public. The article by Conor Ferfuson from NBC news below stresses the urgency of change.

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50 000 us bridges are crumbling we hear everyday

50,000 US Bridges Are Crumbling

We hear everyday about our crumbling infrastructure. Bridges in a state of disrepair

and falling apart and the danger to the public. The article by Conor Ferfuson from

NBC news below stresses the urgency of change.

More than 50,000 bridges across the U.S. are falling apart and endangering drivers,

according to a new report.

NBC News found cases from Florida, Georgia, Michigan and other states where

pieces of crumbling bridges broke off and fell to the roadway, sometimes hitting

vehicles.

In Utah, driver Mike Peterson escaped serious injury when a chunk of a bridge

smashed through his windshield as he drove underneath.

“Another six to eight inches, you might not be talking to me today,” said Peterson.

Using government data, the American Road & Transportation Builders Association

compiled a report showing that 54,259 American bridges are “structurally

deficient.”

So many bridges are in need of repair, says the report, that if placed end-to-end

they’d stretch nearly from New York City to Miami. And experts say that at the

current rate of repair or replacement it would take 37 years to fix all the bridges.

Almost every article written about the infrastructure stresses the importance of

providing more money for the infrastructure and fixing the nations bridges

specifically. I would like to see more news on the amount of money currently spent

on the infrastructure and how it is being spent. Is it possible that it should not just

be about throwing more money at the problem?

I do agree that more money is needed in transportation infrastructure to build new

bridges, rail lines, enhance communications, build deeper ports but I also feel that

we need to do more to analyze how current budgets are being spent. Are funds

being utilized properly? Are the best technologies being utilized in construction

materials and inspection services to stretch every dollar, manage maintenance and

repairs while being sure that the top priority of keeping the public safe is always the

first priority.

Working for a robotic engineering and bridge inspection company, I see and hear

about new technology developments everyday. Materials that can coat the

highways to prevent deterioration nano technology

highways to prevent deterioration, nano technology that can repair itself in asphalt

so roads do not crack or deteriorate for a hundred years.

When it comes to inspection services I can can tell you from experience that the

inspection methods are antiquated, manual in nature and do not supply sufficient

information in order for the department of transportation to best budget and

schedule for maintenance and repairs.

Bridge Collapses

How do you fix or maintain something without having the best information possible

and why would you want to?

With today’s modern technology and robotics infrastructure inspections can be less

expensive, road closures held to a minimum and quantitative data provided to asset

owners so they can make the best budgetary decisions possible. It doesn’t matter

how much money the federal government throws at the infrastructure there is still

not enough money to replace all of our defective bridges.

Drone Inspections

See the link to an article in NDT.org magazine about some of these new bridge

inspection methods. https://www.ndt.org/news.asp?ObjectID=62346

Infrastructure Preservation Corporation is a nondestructive testing and bridge

inspection company that has developed robotic infrastructure inspection services to

replace 50 year old manual inspection methods within current maintenance

budgets. To find out more go to www.infrastructurepc.com.