Photos: Ten most traveled Colorado bridges that are structurally deficient

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The American Road & Transportation Builders Association has issued a report about the nation's bridges, and there are plenty to be concerned about in Colorado. As noted by Fox31, 536 of them, representing 6 percent of the total in the state, are considered structurally compromised, with 902, or 10 percent, deemed functionally obsolete.

As part of its Colorado profile, the ARTBA has compiled a list of the ten most traveled bridges in the state that are structurally compromised. All of them are in Denver or Jefferson County and at least three (the ones on 6th Avenue) are in the process of being replaced -- and that's a good thing, since they've registered a daily driving average starting at around 95,000 and going up to more than 180,000. Count down the photo-illustrated top ten below, supplemented by ARTBA data, followed by the agency's Colorado report.

Number 10:

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County: Denver
Year built: 1958:
Type of bridge: Urban Interstate
Location: US 85 ML I-25 NBND in Denver
Daily crossings: 95,500

Number 9:

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County: Denver
Year built: 1966
Type of bridge: Urban Interstate
Location: Tennyson Street, I-70 ML, Lakeside
Daily crossing: 96,500

Number 8:

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County: Jefferson
Year built: 1972
Type of bridge: Urban freeway/expressway
Location: SH 121 ML, US 6 ML, in Lakewood
Daily crossing: 101,000

Continue to keep counting down the ten most traveled Colorado bridges that are structurally deficient.


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Rian Milehigh
Rian Milehigh

Too bad we have to rely on our SHITTY govt to built the roads.

Chas Chasman Budde
Chas Chasman Budde

Rather vague as to the exact locations of these bridges, dontcha think?

muhutdafuga
muhutdafuga topcommenter

The data are that republicans have blocked infrastructure bills.  First, let's look at the obstructionist republicans in the senate:

WASHINGTON (AP) – Republicans in the Senate have killed legislation sponsored by President Obama to spend $60 billion on building and repairing roads, rail lines and other infrastructure to help kick-start the sluggish economy.  The bill was to have been paid for by a tax increase on the wealthy.

Now let's look at the dysfunctional republican house:

Despite their recent exclamations of support for improving American infrastructure, House Republicans circulated a memo this weekend informing members that the caucus would oppose the majority of President Obama’s jobs plan, particularly the proposed infrastructure bank that would make large investments into the nation’s crumbling roads, bridges, and other forms of infrastructure.

In the memo, House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) laid out opposition to Obama’s proposed $30 billion to keep teachers and law enforcement officers in their jobs, rejected money for school construction, and again claimed Republicans supported spending on infrastructure. But Boehner wrote that the GOP opposed the way Obama’s plan would make those investments, as Republicans continue to base their opposition to new stimulus plans on the misguided, false belief that the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act didn’t work, as The Hill reported:

Rather than adding more money to a broken system,” Boehner and his deputies wrote, “Congress and the president should spend the next few months working out a multi-year transportation authorization bill that fixes these problems.”

Despite those claims, there is little evidence that Republicans actually support spending the money necessary to bring the nation’s infrastructure up to date. In fact, this is the third major infrastructure investment plan Republicans have opposed since Obama took office in 2009, after it lobbied to reduce the amount of infrastructure-centered spending in the Recovery Act and derailed Democrats’ infrastructure spending plan in 2010.

As ThinkProgress reported last week, roads and bridges in the states and districts represented by GOP leadership are rated “structurally deficient” or “fundamentally obsolete” at rates that outpace the national average. Even knowing that, Republicans continue to make their priorities clear when it comes to creating jobs by fixing America’s infrastructure, as they have again chosen to do nothing while millions of American workers remain unemployed and ready to work on the roads and bridges that are crumbling around them.

Take action and tell Congress it’s time to rebuild America.

Christine Nicole
Christine Nicole

Most of the bridges in the United States are structurally unsound. We expanded our interstate routes in the '50s and '60s and they are now in need of repair!

muhutdafuga
muhutdafuga topcommenter

Remember how the republicans blocked all those infrastructure/jobs bills in favor of tax cuts for the ultra rich?  Just look at the Lyin' Paul Ryan budget!

Brad Nettles
Brad Nettles

I know some congressmen I want standing on these bridges when there is heavy traffic.

Maggie May
Maggie May

How about we use some of the cannabis tax for that? Instead of spending it on drug education programs, that by their own research and reporting show no real benefit and even some increase in alcohol abuse.

Kevin Borah
Kevin Borah

So instead of the media crucifying Pot legalization, maybe they should start concentrating on how the funds from this new cash cow could be used to save lives by rebuilding the Colorado infrastructure. But that would be asking them to report good news and that is not sensational.

Daisy Rothschild
Daisy Rothschild

If you want to creep yourself out... just drive under I-70 up around the Coliseum!

Ian Christensen
Ian Christensen

All the people complaining about taxes being used to fix bridges should read up on I-35 in Minneapolis.

Joe Cherry
Joe Cherry

Pot dollars to the rescue, again

lakuav
lakuav

Number 6, I-70 at Pecos Street was replaced last year.

Lonna Harris
Lonna Harris

What is wrong with you people? What do you think we pay taxes for....ever heard of infrastructure?

muhutdafuga
muhutdafuga topcommenter

Republicans have a plan for this:  Tax cuts for the wealthy.

Suni Daze
Suni Daze

Yes they will ------AND THEN -----the state will sell them to CHINA so they can charge us to use it !!!!

Evelyn Maria
Evelyn Maria

I speed up under them recalling when the girder fell up by golden I had gone under it 30 minutes before scary

Chris Krauss
Chris Krauss

Yeah, genius, that's why we have taxes. You know, civilized society with infrastructure and all that stuff.

Scott Raile
Scott Raile

Most of these bridges were built in the 1950s or 1960s, which makes sense. But one of them listed here was supposedly built in 2011? WHAT? If that's true, it seems like the city could go after the contractor. There's no excuse for that.

Craig Hawkins
Craig Hawkins

Typical. Points out something they don't like, can't offer any alternative solutions.

Dave Cleland
Dave Cleland

Do you know of some other way to fund fixing bridges?

Conrad Thomaier
Conrad Thomaier

I'm sure their solution involves spending lots of taxpayer money replacing and repairing bridges.

muhutdafuga
muhutdafuga topcommenter

Wrong, it's too bad you shittly right wing extremists won't pay for infrastructure because you want tax cuts for billionaires.

You do know how contracting works, don't you?

fishingblues
fishingblues topcommenter

@muhutdafuga  Of course the mutt is going to respond to a thread with "structurally deficient" in the title.


Anyone that stands 5 foot tall and tops 300 pounds is obviously structurally deficient.    


Mentally deficient is a whole different problem.


Too obtuse to be of use!

Too stout to move about!


I bet you have to issue five pounds of flour to your lesbian friends.

muhutdafuga
muhutdafuga topcommenter

The people that are complaining live in a propaganda driven, fact free universe.  Reading facts just isn't their thing, it's just too "sciency."  Remember, only about 6% of scientists are republican.  Republicans are the ones blocking infrastructure expenditures because 1.  They want tax cuts for their ultra wealthy cult masters (just look at the Lyin' Ryan budget) and 2. They want to maximize unemployment to make Obama look bad in hopes they will get more political power.

Of course you have the facts on your side, but FACTS ARE LIBERAL.

Egalite
Egalite

Except pot taxes will probably just barely meet the constitutionally mandated $40 million allocatedfor school capital needs. 


So no, pot taxes not the rescue.

fishingblues
fishingblues topcommenter

@muhutdafuga  You  are obviously too stupid to breathe.  Your brain, what little there was to start, is suffering from oxygen deprivation.

Gerard_Portmanteau
Gerard_Portmanteau

Instead of that, let's try a more sensible, limited government-style approach: magically enslaving a tribe of giants to rebuild them by hand with boulders from the Mountain of Dragons.

muhutdafuga
muhutdafuga topcommenter

@fishingblues @muhutdafugaI sometimes wonder if your fantasies are cute or just psychotic.  

While we're off topic, your image reminded me of your fellow republicans:

Republican businessman Jon Grunseth withdrew his candidacy for Minnesota governor after allegations surfaced that he went swimming in the nude with four underage girls, including his daughter.

Republican director of the “Young Republican Federation” Nicholas Elizondo of Bakersfield, California molested his 6-year old daughter and was sentenced to six years in prison.

Republican president of the New York City Housing Development Corp, Russell Harding, pled guilty to possessing child pornography on his computer.

Republican benefactor of conservative Christian groups, Richard A. Dasen, Sr. of Kalispell, Montana, was found guilty of raping a 15-year old girl. Dasen, 62, who is married with grown children and several grandchildren, has allegedly told police that over the past decade he paid more than $1 million to have sex with a large number of young women.

Republican Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld authorized the rape of children in Iraqi prisons in order to humiliate their parents into providing information about the anti-American insurgency.

fishingblues
fishingblues topcommenter

@muhutdafuga  "...make obama look bad"?????


Obama IS bad.  The worst president in the history of the country and history will prove that out.  His failures and inept and incompetent administration is being hidden by the liberal press right now.  Obama is a complete FAILURE and everyone knows it.     


muhutdafuga
muhutdafuga topcommenter

@fishingblues @muhutdafugaThere you go again, off topic with your vivid fantasies about everyone that makes you look like the fool you are.  Remember all the debates you have already lost when you go off topic and start with your hallucinations, fishingforyounghairlessboys?  Remember how no one is interested in your cute little fantasies about me?

What part of my post don't you understand?  Let me simplify it for you:  We have old bridges.  Old bridges sometimes break and need to be fixed.  Fixing bridges costs money.  Republicans don't want to pay for this.  They would rather cut taxes for their rich corporate cultmasters. 


That is so simple even a radical right wing nut should be able to understand.

muhutdafuga
muhutdafuga topcommenter

@fishingblues @muhutdafuga Your Romnesia is acting up, fishingforyounghairlessboys, you forgot the worst president of all, one that came to office by committing treason, and it was all downhill from there:

10 things sleazy Rectumlickums don't want you to know about Recession Ronnie Reagan, their anointed Messiah and Ayatollah:

1. Reagan was a serial tax raiser. As governor of California, Reagan "signed into law the largest tax increase in the history of any state up till then." Meanwhile, state spending nearly doubled. As president, Reagan "raised taxes in seven of his eight years in office," including four times in just two years. As former GOP Senator Alan Simpson, who called Reagan "a dear friend," told NPR, "Ronald Reagan raised taxes 11 times in his administration -- I was there." "Reagan was never afraid to raise taxes," said historian Douglas Brinkley, who edited Reagan's memoir. Reagan the anti-tax zealot is "false mythology," Brinkley said.

2. Reagan nearly tripled the federal budget deficit. During the Reagan years, the debt increased to nearly $3 trillion, "roughly three times as much as the first 80 years of the century had done altogether." Reagan enacted a major tax cut his first year in office and government revenue dropped off precipitously. Despite the conservative myth that tax cuts somehow increase revenue, the government went deeper into debt and Reagan had to raise taxes just a year after he enacted his tax cut. Despite ten more tax hikes on everything form gasoline to corporate income, Reagan was never able to get the deficit under control.

3. Unemployment soared after Reagan's 1981 tax cuts. Unemployment jumped to 10.8 percent after Reagan enacted his much-touted tax cut, and it took years for the rate to get back down to its previous level. Meanwhile, income inequality exploded. Despite the myth that Reagan presided over an era of unmatched economic boom for all Americans, Reagan disproportionately taxed the poor and middle class, but the economic growth of the 1980′s did little help them. "Since 1980, median household income has risen only 30 percent, adjusted for inflation, while average incomes at the top have tripled or quadrupled," the New York Times' David Leonhardt noted.

4. Reagan grew the size of the federal government tremendously. Reagan promised "to move boldly, decisively, and quickly to control the runaway growth of federal spending," but federal spending "ballooned" under Reagan. He bailed out Social Security in 1983 after attempting to privatize it, and set up a progressive taxation system to keep it funded into the future. He promised to cut government agencies like the Department of Energy and Education but ended up adding one of the largest -- the Department of Veterans' Affairs, wich today has a budget of nearly $90 billion and close to 300,000 employees. He also hiked defense spending by over $100 billion a year to a level not seen since the height of the Vietnam war.

5. Reagan did littel to fight a woman's right to choose. As governor of California in 1967, Reagan signed a bill to liberalize the state's abortion laws that "resulted in more than a million abortions." When Reagan ran for president, he advocated a constitutional amendment that would have prohibited all abortions except when necessary to save the life of the mother, but once in office, he "never seriously pursued" curbing choice.

6. Reagan was a "bellicose peacenik." He wrote in his memoirs that "[m]y dream. . .became a world free of nuclear weapons." "This vision stemmed form the president's belief that the biblical account of Armageddon prophesied nuclear war -- and that apocalypse could be averted if everyone, especially the Soviets, eliminated nuclear weapons," the Washington Monthly noted. And Reagan's military buildup was meant to crush the Soviet Union, but "also to put the United States in a stronger position form which to establish effective arms control" for the the entire world -- a vision acted out by Reagan's vice president, George H.W. Bush, when he became president.

7. Reagan gave amnesty to 3 million undocumented immigrants. Reagan signed into law a bill that made any immigrant who had entered the country before 1982 eligible for amnesty. The bill was sold as a crackdown, but its tough sanctions on employers who hired undocumented immigrants were removed before final passage. The bill helped 3 million people and millions more family members gain American residency. It has since become a source of major embarrassment for conservatives.

8. Reagan illegally funneled weapons to Iran. Reagan and other senior U.S. officials secretly sold arms to officials in Iran, which was subject to a an arms embargo at the time, in exchange for American hostages. Some funds form the illegal arms sales also went to fund anti-Communist rebels in Nicaragua -- something Congress had already prohibited the administration form doing. When the deals went public, the Iran-Contra Affair, as it came to be know, was an enormous political scandal that forced several senior administration officials to resign. WITHOUT TREASON, RONALD RECTUM WOULD NEVER HAVE BEEN ELECTED!!!!

9. Reagan vetoed a comprehensive anti-Apartheid act. which placed sanctions on South Africa and cut off all American trade with the country. Reagan's veto was overridden by the Republican-controlled Senate. Reagan responded by saying "I deeply regret that Congress has seen fit to override my veto," saying that the law "will not solve the serious problems that plague that country."

10. Reagan helped create the Taliban and Osama Bin Laden. Reagan fought a proxy war with the Soviet Union by training, arming, equipping, and funding Mujahideen Islamist fighters in Afghanistan. Reagan funneled billions of dollars, along with top-secret intelligence and sophisticated weaponry to these fighters through the Pakistani intelligence service. The Taliban and Osama bush Laden -- a prominent Mujahideen commander -- emerged form these Mujahideen groups Reagan helped create, and U.S. policy towards Pakistan remains strained because of the intelligence services' close relations to these fighters. In fact, Reagan's decision to continue the proxy war after the Soviets were willing to retreat played a direct role in bush Laden's ascendancy. 

Remember, FACTS ARE LIBERAL!

muhutdafuga
muhutdafuga topcommenter

@fishingblues @muhutdafugaNow you are having fantasies about my ass.  You are a creepy little radical right wing extremist!  While we're off topic, here are a few more of your peers:

POLL FINDS EIGHTY PERCENT OF SERIAL KILLERS VOTE REPUBLICAN March 14 2010

Washington, D.C. – Ed Gein, Ted Bundy, David Berkowitz, John Wayne Gacy, Jeffrey Dahmer. For decades those names, and the names of dozens of others, have stalked the American consciousness. Until recently when terrorists became the boogeymen of
a nation, the serial killer was the monster of our nightmares, the demon of our subconscious, stalking us at every street corner, along every poorly lit alleyway. While the reality of serial killers was always far from the fantasy, the existence of real life monsters served to provide us with an outlet for deepest fears.

Even in the face of global terrorism, there is something deeply disturbing about the serial killer that continues to disgust, repel, frighten, and fascinate beyond any kind of rational explanation. Perhaps it is the sheer abnormality of the serial killer, perhaps it is the fear that a person we know or love could be one, or perhaps it is just the sheer fascination we have with death, presaging and perhaps rationalizing our own eventual demise. Psychological questions aside, a new poll has indicated that the general population in the United States may have more in common with serial killers than previously believed, namely political leanings. A new poll of living and deceased serial killers has shown that upwards of 80 per cent lean towards conservative ideals and the majority routinely voted Republican, something becoming more and more common throughout the United States as a whole.

“Across the board, serial killers are predominantly conservative in their political leanings. Gary Ridgeway, Dennis Rader, and probably the biggest name of all, Ted Bundy, were all active in the Republican Party at some level. Quizzing other killers showed the same thing, that the vast majority vote Republican,” said lead pollster David Quick. “We gain no analysis from this, it garners us no insight into the workings of the minds of conservative politicians or serial killers, but it is an overwhelming majority. Because serial killers come from diverse backgrounds and possess vastly different IQ’s they appear to have nothing in common save their conservative ideals and their desire to butcher people. It’s compelling data to be sure.”

Reportedly, David Berkowitz has never voted, but actively supported independent Ross Perot in the 1992 Presidential election.

“Eighty percent is extremely high considering that it’s roughly fifty-fifty in the general population. It could be the feeling of control, self-entitlement, or some other deep set psychological rationale but what it really means is opportunity, especially in today’s political climate,” said Scrape TV Political analyst Gabriel Kinsey. “The Republicans are certainly on a role and the conservative movement can absorb all comers. The momentum is certainly on their side and the best thing right now would be to bring everyone they can on board, even if they are of questionable moral and ethical standing. One thing the Republicans really need is stardom, celebrity, which helps penetrate the swing voters and something the party has been sorely lacking, which many of these people would bring in basketfuls.”

One name often mentioned in Republican circles is Jeffrey Dahmer who officials believe would help bring in younger voters. The case for Dahmer is complicated by his death in 1994.

“True, there aren’t all that many serial killers in the United States but like the Democratic Party has Hollywood, which is equally limited, by securing this support that minority could speak with a very loud voice and add significant weight to the growing power of conservatives in the country,” continued Kinsey. “Add to that the fact that there are up to 300 serial killers throughout the world right now, a big chunk of them undoubtedly in the U.S., and their support could help tilt 2012 in the right direction.”

Sarah Palin, a leading contender for 2012, has reportedly made several visits to Dennis Rader, better known as BTK, at his prison cell in Kansas over the last few weeks.

fishingblues
fishingblues topcommenter

@muhutdafuga 


... and speaking of great depression...

You are too fat to wipe your own ass.  Now that has to be depressing.  

muhutdafuga
muhutdafuga topcommenter

@fishingblues @muhutdafugaIt's cute when your mental illness is reflected in perseveration.  Your topic of the day, frozen turds.  

It is so odd you feel someone might be interested in your attempts to get people off topic.  This topic makes your yappy little cult look bad because your yappy little cult IS bad.  Your failed radical right wing cult blocks infrastructure/jobs bills while supporting tax cuts for billionaires, tax breaks for sending jobs overseas, and your yappy little cult supports the very policies that led to the reagan/bush Second Great Republican Depression.  You support the policies that lead to infrastructure failure such as the bridge collapses. 

muhutdafuga
muhutdafuga topcommenter

@fishingblues @muhutdafugaIt's cute when you get owned and have nothing but childish name calling that shows you to be the fool you are, fishingforyounghairlessboys.

I see you are using BOLD ALL CAPS!  Is that your big boy internet "voice?"  

I also notice that you are once again off topic.

The truth is that republicans have blocked infrastructure jobs bills in favor of tax cuts for their filthy rich corporate cult masters.

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