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Bridge Collapse In Ohio Kills One

Will President Obama be talking infrastructure in the SOTU today?
Bridge Collapse In Ohio Kills One
Image from: Cincy Fire & EMS

This bridge is not all that far away from the one that Obama stood on when he tried to drum up support for the American Jobs Act in 2011.

WCPO:

A man is dead and another is injured after an overpass collapsed onto I-75 in Camp Washington Monday night, sending several hundred tons of machinery and concrete into traffic.

Cincinnati Police Chief Jeffrey Blackwell said the old northbound off-ramp to Hopple Street came crashing down onto southbound I-75 at about 10:30 p.m.

The overpass crushed a construction worker as it collapsed and pinned him under the rubble. Crews used airbags to lift the wreckage off him and removed his body at about 3 a.m.

This bridge was being demolished at the time it came down, but the fact that it came down in a "catastrophic collapse" should tell observers all they need to know about the state of our infrastructure in this country.

Since Obama took office, infrastructure has been a recurrent theme. Much of the stimulus bill centered around infrastructure, as did his high-speed train funding which conservative governors rejected because that's what conservatives do. For six straight years it's been blocked over and over and over again by Republicans in Congress while state lawmakers in red states keep cutting funding for everything in order to pay for billionaires' tax cuts.

Will another bridge have to collapse and kill more people before they wake up and deal with it? Oh, wait. That already happened.


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