Donald Trump attempted to bribe the voters of Louisiana at a rally on Tuesday.
"If we win this election -- which is just 16 months away -- we're giving you a brand new I-10 bridge."
What the what? So Louisiana has to vote for Trump or they DON'T get a new Calcasieu River Bridge? Contemptor notes that the bridge is really needed, and government should just FUNCTION and make it happen.
According to the magazine Roads & Bridges, the bridge opened in 1952 and was only expected to last for 50 years with a traffic load of 37,000 vehicles per day. As of 2016, it was handling 80,000 vehicles per day, or more than double its design load 14 years past its original intended end of life.
Furthermore, the National Bridge Registry rated the bridge a 6.6 out of 100 on its safety scale. The I-35 West Mississippi River Bridge in Minnesota had a rating of 50 out of 100 when it collapsed in 2007, killing 13 people.
So hopefully Trump will get this bridge replaced whether he wins or loses next year. Maybe it can even be part of the infrastructure package he keeps telling the Democrats he would like to join them to pass through Congress.
The Republican Congress failed to pass an infrastructure bill with both houses of Congress and the White House because @realDonaldTrump wanted to kill Obamacare first.
But have faith, Louisiana. Maybe Mexico will pay for your bridge with all the money coming from your middle-class tax cuts and China tariffs. Best Infrastructure Week evah!