Monday, September 12, 2011

Another Bridge Too Far

President Obama avoided using the word “infrastructure” in his jobs speech to Congress last week, but he did hit hard at rebuilding crumbling bridges in various states, including those in states that are home to his most vocal opponents in the House and the Senate. That would include Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY). So it’s ironic that on Friday, a major bridge across the Ohio River between Indiana, and Kentucky would be closed by Indiana authorities because of structural problems.

The Sherman Minton Bridge was closed late Friday afternoon and will remain shut down indefinitely after officials discovered cracks in the span.

Will Wingfield, a spokesman for the Indiana Department of Transportation, said officials “do not have an estimate” on how long it will take to repair and reopen the bridge, which carries Interstate 64 traffic across the Ohio River.

Wingfield said the cracks were found in two steel support beams below the lower deck closer to the Kentucky side.

The bridge, which links New Albany with Louisville, is maintained by Indiana, and it was closed by order of Gov. Mitch Daniels.

In New Albany, chaos ignited shortly after police shut down the approaches to the bridge after rush hour. Traffic was so snarled that police were dispatched to several intersections to keep order.

Heretofore Mr. McConnell and the rest of the GOP have been opposed to infrastructure bridge and road repairs by the government; they’d much rather have tax cuts for the rich and corporations.

I’m pretty sure that he’s going to blame the closure of the bridge on those panty-waists in Indiana who, under the leadership of that noted moderate Gov. Mitch Daniels, are just a bunch of shills for the Obama administration and the American Jobs Act.