Beancounters in Congress say don’t worry about bridges and roads

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Pickup truck crashed into collapse of Interstate 10 bridge

All traffic along a major freeway connecting California and Arizona was blocked indefinitely when a bridge over a desert wash collapsed during heavy rain, and the roadway in the opposite direction suffered severe damage…

The collapse Sunday of Interstate 10 in southeastern California left one driver injured, stranded numerous motorists and complicated travel for countless others for what officials warned could be a long time.

The closure will force drivers seeking to use I-10 to travel between California and Arizona to go hundreds of miles out of their way.

The rains came amid a second day of showers and thunderstorms in southern and central California that were setting rainfall records in what is usually a dry month. Forecasters expected scattered rain through Monday as the remnants of a tropical storm off Baja California continued to push north…

One driver had to be rescued from a pickup that crashed in the collapse and was taken to a hospital with moderate injuries…

Hundreds of other cars were stranded immediately after the collapse, but the California Highway Patrol worked to divert them and it wasn’t clear if any remained, Kasinga said…

Saturday’s rainfall broke records in at least 11 locations, including five places that had the most rain ever recorded on any day in July, said National Weather Service meteorologist Joe Sirard.

July is typically the driest month of the year in Southern California. Because of that, Saturday’s 0.36 inch of rain in downtown Los Angeles exceeded the 0.24 inch recorded July 14, 1886, which had been the wettest July day in nearly 130 years.

The storm brought weekend flash floods and power outages and turned Los Angeles County’s typically packed coast into empty stretches of sand when the threat of lightning forced authorities to close 70 miles of beaches.

Rebuilding, repairing infrastructure across the nation was a non-starter when President Obama and his economics advisors suggested the process in his first term. He could have suggested the sun rise in the East and Congressional Republicans would have opposed the concept. The amalgam of racism, contempt for working people, fear of science and real change has kept the Republican Party tightly bunched into a herd of cattle stupidity for several years, now.

Ayup. No problems from climate change either. As long as you have sufficient money to relocate to a McMansion further inland – on a mountain top – with no fire danger.

2 thoughts on “Beancounters in Congress say don’t worry about bridges and roads

  1. A Medicine for Melancholy says:

    Don the Beachcomber’s Zombie recipe (circa 1956):
    3/4 oz. fresh lime juice
    1/2 oz. grapefruit juice
    1 1/2 oz. unsweetened pineapple juice
    1/4 oz. Falernum {a spiced lime and almond liqueur}
    1 1/4 oz. Puerto Rican gold rum
    1 oz. Jamaican dark rum
    1 oz. 151-proof Demerara rum
    3/4 oz. Maraschino liqueur
    1/4 tsp. Grenadine
    2 dashes Angostura bitters
    6 drops Pernod
    Put all in blender with ice. Blend for 5 seconds. Pour into glass and garnish with mint sprig.

  2. Wankers says:

    As House lawmakers were headed out of Washington, D.C., for their summer break, they voted 385-34 to pass a measure to keep funds flowing to federal transportation programs for another three months. The U.S. Senate is expected to approve a similar measure to beat tonight’s deadline for such a deal. http://flatheadbeacon.com/2015/07/29/house-votes-to-provide-money-for-highways-transit/ “Lawmakers said they were loath to take up yet another short-term transportation funding extension — this will be the 34th extension since 2009. But Republicans and Democrats don’t want to see transportation aid cut off, and they are eager to pass an amendment attached to the extension bill that fills a $3.4 billion hole in the Department of Veterans Affairs’ budget. The money gap threatens to force the closure of hospitals and clinics nationwide. The three-month patch puts off House action on a long-term transportation bill, adding one more messy fight to a fall agenda already crammed with difficult, must-pass legislation. Twelve annual spending bills face a Sept. 30 deadline but are being held up by a clash over the Confederate flag.”

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