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Infrastructure

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Infrastructure, a term seldom thought about in our daily lives. But something that is crashing down around us all the time. You just don’t see it. You don’t hear about it. And then a bridge fails, or a pipe burst or power goes out. Then its a pressing problem and we try to find who to blame when it’s all of us. If we don’t start addressing things like this soon its going to be a regular occurrence.

The rust belt.
Photo by Mike Hartley

Lots of tough decisions are upon us and were worried about everything but infrastructure. With health care stalled and no tax plan in sight and a budget looming in mid October, the chance of meaningful work, is between slim and none. So another year, another administration and no action. So as we wait for the next major disaster sandwiched in between many little ones we are living on borrowed time.

Think about how many bridges you drive over and one of them failing. Do you live in a city with an infrastructure that is beyond repair for water and sewage? Do you live in the path of a damn that could break. How about no power for your precious devices. Maybe start to voice those concerns now to your elected officials. And if they aren’t listening, find some that will.

This isn’t an easy problem. This one alone could break the country in rebuilding cost. And we have so many competing needs. Its time we find a common interest in this country and this might be the one. Trouble is with the climate today where one side has to win and the other one lose, I fail to see a way out of this till that mindset is changed.

Oh, and one of my pet peeves. Could we stop spending money on sound barriers. I just did a Google to get some info on this and I’m even more pissed off than I was before about this.

How much does it cost to build a sound barrier wall?
A. Current construction costs are averaging $53 per square foot. This translates into a fourteen-foot high wall costing about 3.9 million dollars per mile. Construction costs for rural barriers may be lower and urban barriers may be much higher.
Do you believe that nonsense? With all the other things in dire need we are putting out billions of dollar of noise barriers. Well, MOVE if you don’t like the traffic noise.

Author: Mike Hartley

With a lifetime and a half in the Newspaper industry I'm preparing for my retirement career as an Artist, Writer, Photographer and Video content provider. I'm a proud father of two wonderful children and I'm still married to the first girl I fell in love with and probably only one that would have me.

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