Monday, September 14, 2015
Crumbling Infrastructure At the Edges
When we hear or read about bridges that are failing or crumbling infrastructure most of us might wonder how this really effects us. Especially after we drive over a bridge or section of road that we hear is bad but experience no problems whenever we cross it. Recently I had a conversation with a local along these lines while we were discussing yet another spilled load of round bales we had to pass by out on the highway.
There are a number of overpasses in the area that are crumbling but most locals don't even know it. Why? Because the lack of repairs isn't something that would effect a passenger car, SUV or even a pickup truck but get something with a load on it and the general bad state of the road is immediately apparent.
Not too long ago I was transporting a piece of equipment back to the Small-Hold on our car hauler trailer only to notice right after I crossed a bridge that had some rather bad washboarding on the pavement that ran to the bridge deck that I had in fact broken two tie down straps when the trailer started bouncing. I was even driving well under the speed limit. Luckily I could see the trailer and the load clearly from the rearview mirror and had extra tie downs but for heavier or larger loads the driver may not immediately notice when such things happen.
This is where the general public really pays the price for the over spending, over hiring and over promising of the various governments as they in fact rob our infrastructure to meet their social engineering commitments and it is ultimately what will cause the final slide into a real collapse situation. Each spill, broken strap, traffic jam etc. is lost revenue that will continue to add up until the entire system clogs up.
The various government entities will then try and raise taxes even further promising to fix these problems they are already suppose to be taking care of. If they are successful then we suffer even more loss of economic spending and the money taken again goes to the bottomless pit of government spending. If they are not successful, like the recent try by MoDot, then the infrastructure doesn't get fixed and we still suffer economic loss in the form we see in the picture above.
This Summer I have indeed noted a far larger number of broken and toppled loads along the highways and roads I travel.
One way or another everything is paid for even when the government thinks they are creating their money out of thin air the people are still paying the price.
Keep Prepping Everyone!!!!!!