Chronicle poll results: Bridge collapse
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Chronicle poll results: Bridge collapse

We asked our readers how concerned they were with the soundness of our area's bridges. Here's what they said.

Last week, the Chronicle asked its readers in an electronic poll the following question: “In light of last week’s bridge collapse, how concerned are you about the soundness of our area’s other bridges?” Of the 255 people who responded 60% said they were “extremely” concerned and 32% said they were “somewhat” concerned. Just 8% of respondents said they were “not very” or “not at all” concerned. Sixty-seven people submitted comments. A few follow.

My biggest concern is those who inspected the bridges in past months/years, and how there may have been temporary fixes applied to much bigger issues — if they were not ignored altogether. There are too many bridges residents rely on for daily transportation for this to become an even worse issue than it already is.

I think this is a good time to visit the infrastructure in our area and find ways to incentivize
alternatives to driving like public transit and biking.

How in the heck did this happen?!

If we are proud to be famously celebrated as the “City of Bridges,” then the least our political
leaders can do is make sure that we do not become notoriously known as the “Community of
Falling Bridges.”

The concern grows greater when considering structural inspection: How thorough and how accurate are these evaluations, and, if inspections speak to defects, what is the timeline for addressing them?

Allegheny county should scrap the ridiculous plan to build a new airport and use that money to
repair the bridges.

These days I hold my breath whenever I go over a bridge, and am filled with relief when I make it safely to the other side.

To paraphrase Simon and Garfunkel, our situation is “Like troubled bridges over water.”

I am as much concerned with a bridge collapsing as with getting struck by lightning! Nada.

If taxes have to be increased to pay for this, then so be it.

I do not have faith in the inspection process after this most reason bridge failure. Too much politics involved.

Concerned, but it’s not a problem that can be solved overnight.

Inspection ratings should be posted before each bridge just like restaurant inspections! PJC

Toby Tabachnick

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