Sunday, May 26, 2013

1 of 9 Bridges in Trouble

We now find out that 1 out of 9 bridges are in structural trouble. 
Check out the link here


Now can we move on a jobs bill to deal with addressing the infrastructure - like repairing the thousands of bridges throughout the United States. That's a big project that needs federal intervention.


Monday, November 19, 2012

The Answer - No

I was in evacuation zone A. I am very lucky. My family is all together. The damage to my property was minor.

Here's the larger question - can we now have a comprehensive jobs bill to attack the electrical grid?
Can we now have a comprehensive manner to deal with the fact that we live on a series of connected ISLANDS and therefore need a dike and dam system pretty much like the Netherlands. Are we going to use the lessons so that we can adapt them to our needs?
Are we now going to have serious, substantive, thoughtful conversations about repairing bridges, roads, and tunnels which were all compromised by the tidal surges from Hurricane Sandy?

Sunday, October 28, 2012

Hurricane Sandy - Are we prepared?

Hurricane Sandy is traveling up the east coast. Congress needs to be held accountable that we as a nation have very outdated methods to prepare for natural occurrences (which are happening more frequently - but that is a whole different topic).

Some questions:
--> With the push for state's rights, do all states have equal access to protect their citizenry?
--> What is the condition of the electrical grid for the east coast? For the coastal areas?


Monday, July 23, 2012

Reworking of the Electrical Grid & Drain System- Now

The summer is proceeding along. Cooling centers are open. Cooling centers require water and electricity. In between heat advisory days, there are increased needs for air conditioning and clean water. What is needed is a comprehensive system to deal with increased demands by a population to be cool when it is very hot, and to deal drainage when there are severe thunderstorms, which ineveitably occur after a heatwave. What is also needed is an ability to more effectively repair and rework the electrical grid so that power is not lost stranding thousands of residents for weeks at a time so that they are without the basic necessities.

New Jersey residents suffer from both power outages and water from the storms overflowing the rivers, which then affect the homes of residents, which flood their basements, which affect the power supply. It's a vicious circle.

What's to be done so that we do not have a repeat of August 14, 2003 that affected New York City and a section of Canada? Can we now have a jobs bill approved by Congress that addresses hiring people skilled in addressing and improving and generating ideas to support the infrastructure of the United States?

Monday, April 30, 2012

Vaulting

Tonight on the 6 PM news, a channel 7 reporter indicated that 25% of the roads and bridges in New York are functionally obsolete. That means the roads and bridges were built during the 1940s before safety rules were put into place. There are sections of the road that promote unsafe conditions.

On the edge of roads that are part of the functionally obsolete, there are areas that promote "vaulting", a car hitting a high speed gets propelled over the guard rail. It's happened twice on the Bronx River Expressway.

12% of the bridges in New York State are structurally deficient. This mean the amount of pressure and usage the bridges experience from traffic flow could exacerbate the already poor conditions. Sure wish Congress had passed the Jobs Bill.

We have 2.5 million soldiers who are in various stages of returning back to the United States. Surely the knowledge they have gained from building in Iraq and Iran can be put to use here in the United States. Surely seeing yet another family go through the grief process is enough to spur those in Congress to either take another look at the Jobs Bill which would provide jobs to address the serious infrastructure issues in New York and in other states. Don't like the old Jobs Bill - propose one that involves fixing roads and bridges. Start simple - START editing the Jobs Bill. Then vote - for life - for the lives of those who are still here, for the lives of those who are just beginning, for the lives of those who are further down the road. Vote on a Jobs Bill which supports infrastructure because it is a vote for life.

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Bridges, roads, tunnels

As I travel along the Brooklyn Bridge, heading to another meeting, I noticed the unbelievable amount of rust on an exposed portion that is not covered by corrugated tin.

I say a silent mantra - 'bridges, roads, tunnels - oh my. Need to be repaired - right now.'

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

The Winter Will Soon Hit - Are We Ready As A Nation

Winter storms are slowly moving across our great land. Click here if you don't believe me. In it's wake there are power outages, and road closings.
Texas took a hit just from a nasty thunderstorm. Why? The power lines are above ground. Trees are above ground. When the wind hits, the limbs hit the power lines which then turn out the lights in neighborhoods. Check it out by clicking here. What's needed? Let's get a think tank and a "do" tank to address the issue that we are in the 21st century and we as a nation still do not know how to deal with storms.