New York Times: ‘Get People Off’: Shutdown Ordered for Cracked Bridge in Memphis

I spent the night in Memphis last month.

I just traveled across this bridge into Arkansas as usual with my family.

New York Times:

“NASHVILLE — It was meant to be a routine inspection. But when an engineer climbed out onto the Interstate 40 bridge over the Mississippi River this week, what he saw led to an urgent call to 911: “We need to get people off the bridge immediately!”

He had spotted a crack. He could not miss it, really. A critical beam was fractured to the point of being nearly severed.

The Hernando de Soto Bridge, which reaches from downtown Memphis into Arkansas, is inspected every two years, so the crack could have been there for weeks, months or well over a year. But in that moment, the inspector stressed to the 911 dispatcher on Tuesday, the bridge needed to be shut down right away to avert a disaster.

Since Tuesday, vehicles have been blocked from crossing over the bridge and vessels from passing beneath it. Officials are unsure just how long the shutdown will last, stirring fears of delays and disruption that could reach far beyond Memphis …”

New York Post:

“Child care is infrastructure, according to Sen. Elizabeth Warren. Health-care aides for seniors are infrastructure, say Democratic activists. “Anti-racism” is infrastructure, we’re told. But these things aren’t infrastructure; they’re just things Democrats want funded with taxpayer money.

You know what’s actually infrastructure? Bridges and pipelines. On that front, we’re not doing so well.

The shutdown of the Colonial Pipeline this week demonstrated that our actual infrastructure is vulnerable and that our lives can be disrupted quickly when it fails. Hackers, undeterred by the FBI and Homeland Security officials who are supposed to be protecting critical infrastructure, managed to lock down the pipeline controls with ransomware. Fuel deliveries stopped, gas lines formed (shades of the Jimmy Carter era), and prices went up, all within a couple of days.

Fresh from blocking construction of another major pipeline (the Keystone XL), the Biden administration flailed, while a nation that just a year or so ago became a net oil exporter found itself facing fuel shortages. That’s infrastructure.

Meanwhile, the Interstate 40 bridge across the Mississippi River also failed this week. The Hernando de Soto span connecting Memphis to Arkansas on one of America’s most important interstate highways is closed until further notice after dangerous cracks were found. Now all traffic is being routed onto the single alternative bridge while officials play catch-up on maintenance. That’s infrastructure.

When the Democrats (with plenty of GOP help) passed the pork-laden “stimulus” bill in 2009, we were promised that infrastructure — actual infrastructure, “shovel ready” stuff in President Barack Obama’s words — would be a priority. That didn’t really happen when Obama administration officials and Democratic activists, as Christina Hoff Sommers reported, realized that most of the “shovel ready” jobs would go to white male construction workers. …”

Do you know what virtually everyone agrees on in this country?

Do you know what commands overwhelming political support? It is taxing the wealthy and corporations and closing loopholes in the tax code in order to invest in real infrastructure like roads, bridges, ports and airports. It is the politicians in Washington who can’t find a consensus on this issue!

National Review wants to hold the line.

Fiscal conservatives should not accept the premises of fiscal profligates!

National Review:

“Minority Leader McConnell has signaled that he may be interested in passing a smaller infrastructure bill than the one President Biden covets, and that his ceiling for such an endeavor would be around $800 billion. This is a mistake. Republicans should oppose Biden’s proposal in its entirety.

Americans who oppose more federal spending are often asked, “Well, okay then, what is your plan?” But it is not incumbent upon fiscal conservatives to accept the premises of fiscal profligates — as if, once a president has proposed spending a trillion dollars, the only question is whether the measure will actually be a trillion or a little less …”

79% of Americans are fiscal profligates who have no problem in taxing rich people and corporations to invest in roads, bridges, ports, airports, etc.

66% of Republican voters are fiscal profligates who say go ahead and tax rich people and corporations to fix roads, bridges, ports, airports, etc. Investing in real infrastructure is fine.

The populist and nationalist objection to Joe Biden’s infrastructure plan isn’t investing in real infrastructure which we wanted to do when Trump was president and Mitch McConnell stonewalled him. It is calling all of this other stuff “infrastructure” even when it is a climate change bill masquerading as an infrastructure bill and paying for it with deficit spending instead of taxing Wall Street and billionaires.

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12 Comments

  1. The issue does not lie with taxing as there has been no people in history carrying a more disproportionate taxation burden than middle class white people while getting nothing back in return. Income tax, sales tax, property tax, school tax and what do we get in return. Ineffectual police. A military which is everywhere but near America. Crappy schools. Police which wont protect us. A lot of social programs and after school bball none of which effect us.

    Until this country changes real power dont expect infrastructure or jobs. What did you do in Tennessee HW? Memphis is actually a cool town despite being a ghetto. I hated Nashville it is nothing like it was when O was a kid and we went down to the Oprey, now it is hipster craft beers and rainbow flags.

    • America is making the transition to third world. Soon they won’t have the competance to project power overseas, and without the US empire propping up the global US dollar ponzi scheme, America will change from going down hill fast, to falling off a cliff. In the future, you will look back to how things are today, and think of it as the good old days compared to what is coming.

      • “America is making the transition to third world.”

        Has been, for more than 50 years, by design.

  2. The Brooklyn and Manhattan bridges are still standing after 100 years with trains and traffic that is was not meant to support. Why is it still standing? Take one guess.

    • Manhattan Bridge center collapsed in the 80s. A few cars went plummeting into the East River

      • “The Brooklyn and Manhattan bridges are still standing after 100 years ”

        All were designed by Germans.

    • This Memphis bridge could wind up being another Silver Bridge, the one on the Ohio River that went down.

  3. Who is going to do the actual dirty, back-breaking and dangerous labor to fix all the crumbling physical infrastructure?

  4. The trillions we spend on public assistance, and I’m not talking about SS, could be spend on rebuilding roads, bridges, and other systems.

  5. It is not a load bearing beam. The cables carry the load. That beam had to do with minimizing sway.

    Now they looked at the 2019 drone inspection, and there it was. The crack was there in 2019. They just painted over it.

    Memphis area is a major niggertown. They just painted over it. Hard to tell when, but the joggers just painted over it.

    So they closed the Hernando too, which proves beyond any doubt this is DNC enemy action. Shut down I-40, and keep it shut till the Republicans approve the so called infrastructure bill ( which has very little money for roads).

    This is a terrorist junta. They are shutting down the highway system.

    BTW, the maintenance was delayed because Arkansas and Tennessee had been squabbling for years over who would pay for it.

    America is circling the drain. We need a new country

  6. Of course things are falling apart, and “infrastructure” spending will be diverted to liberal social causes. America quite simply has a majority of bad people and we are ruled by the villains they vote in.

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