Several questions come to mind while absorbing the story of the bridge that needs a facelift:
Why is the facade crumbling on a new bridge? How much did the beauty mask cost? Is it going to be fixed? If so, how much will that cost?
I think I’ll go on. Which contractors and state bureaucrats will take responsibility for this cosmetic malpractice? Will their backsides be held to the fire? And why should taxpayers have confidence in state transportation chiefs when they order up cosmetology for bridges and then see the facade sculpting botched? Why didn’t they plant some trees instead?
Well, my main question is, why are we even spending money to make bridges look pretty? IT’S A BRIDGE. It’s an already too expensive pile of concrete and rebar. It does not need to look good. It needs to hold up stuff.
With the economy in the tank, millions of people going without health insurance and our troops in Afghanistan and Iraq needing bullets and armor, we’d better quit throwing money at ugly bridges.