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Officials express frustration over bridge repairs

July 31, 2013

Local bridges are in desperate need of repair — but the simple fact is, there’s just not enough money to do it....

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MrShaman

Jul-31-13 6:00 AM

"The first problem: There's no federal funding for bridges under 20 feet in length, and the state's funding isn't in much better shape, Murawski said.

The second problem: not enough education from the county to municipalities on how to fix the situation. To that end, the county is conducting an outreach effort this fall with the municipalities to identify their bad bridges and work to find a solution, Murawski said."

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We (QUITE) obviously need more tax-cuts.

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mrapp99

Jul-31-13 6:22 AM

We do need more tax cuts. There is more than enough funding in the taxes that are currently being collected. The issue is the way that those taxes are being utilized (wasted) by our elected officials.

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acrman

Jul-31-13 6:27 AM

20feet in length ? are these bridges for trolls or just another thing missed by the proof reader.

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CarlHiller

Jul-31-13 6:29 AM

mrapp99, You are correct. There is more than enough money to repair roads and bridges, the problem stems from not allocating the resources efficiently. Look at the State, county and municipalities CAFR if you want to locate the resources that can be made available. Quit looking at the annual budgets, they are meaningless. That's like looking at only one part of an equation and expecting to get the correct answer.

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Judgeandjury

Jul-31-13 6:46 AM

Where is all the massive funding from the impact fee? I would say this qualifies as an impact. The problem is, the impact fee is a pathetic effort to make it look like the natural gas industry is paying for the impact that they have when they really are not. Thank Corbett and his corrupt administration and all of our local pawns of the industry for the inevitable destruction of our area. Bridges are just a small part of the ultimate damage that we will be seeing. Might as well just get used to it. Maybe after Yaw and Everett are done dismantling our rights and move on to their well deserved industry positions where they will realize the fruits of all their labor they will be generous and build us some new bridges. But don't hold your breath, greed does not allow such behavior.

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DumberThanSome

Jul-31-13 7:32 AM

"Optimally, they should be replaced, but it would cost more than $5 million to do so, Murawski said. There's just not enough money in place to do that."

Instead of giving a $5 million grant to a local businessman to help him build a hotel give it to the municipalities for bridge repairs. The grant is tax dollars anyways. Let the businessman spend his own money to build his hotel.

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thepaycheck

Jul-31-13 7:35 AM

Ur elected officials squeezed the gas companies, now it's UR job to squeeze UR elected officials.

Impact fees u say?? DRINK!!

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MrShaman

Jul-31-13 8:11 AM

"We do need more tax cuts." - mrapp99

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Absolutely! Somehow (maybe it's home-schooled math), fewer-taxes generate more-revenue!!!

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twinder

Jul-31-13 9:38 AM

The Sun Gazette would be doing a much greater service to the community by identifying the "Bad 14" bridges by road, or route, number. I live in Clinton Twp. Two bridges are scheduled for replacement but one is being done by the state. The one the Twp is replacing has been closed for about two years now. I hope the commissioners aren't dumb enough to pay someone to re-inspect a bridge that was condemned and closed.

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Shirly

Jul-31-13 9:58 AM

Yoo-hoo, SG...a great big part of this story is missing. You would be doing a much better job of reporting had you actually listed the bridges that need repair. At least then the citizens who must use them could perhaps get a word or two into the ears of the powers that be. Sloppy work, SG, kind of like the lack of attention to the bridges themselves.

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MrShaman

Jul-31-13 10:12 AM

"The Sun Gazette would be doing a much greater service to the community by identifying the "Bad 14" bridges by road, or route, number." - twinder

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Heyyyyyyyyy...where's the entertainment-value, in THAT?!!!

Survival-o'-the-fittest (aka libertarianism) should include various adrenaline-"rushes" for ALL involved!!!!

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MrShaman

Jul-31-13 10:15 AM

Ur elected officials squeezed the gas companies, now it's UR job to squeeze UR elected officials.

Impact fees u say?? DRINK!! - thepaycheck

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How amusing...reading the "new" English!!

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MrShaman

Jul-31-13 10:19 AM

Yoo-hoo, SG...a great big part of this story is missing. You would be doing a much better job of reporting had you actually listed the bridges that need repair. - Shirly

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C'mon...c'mon..."spin-the-wheel" & STEP-ON-THE-GAS!!!

You'll find-out, eventually. The exhilaration will do you some good!!

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