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It’s almost like we planned this

Biden is coming to Pittsburgh today to give a speech on infrastructure and guess what happened at about 8am this morning:

This is about 5 miles from my house on a major road bordering a beautiful and popular city park.

It could have been a lot worse. No one was killed and it looks like 10 people were injured but not seriously.

But the loss of the bridge is major. Google maps show traffic around the incident majorly FUBARed. In Pittsburgh, hollows are everywhere. That’s why we have so many bridges.

I don’t think this was a conspiracy that was in any way related to Biden’s trip. It was just an event that was waiting to happen. It might have happened sooner if Covid hadn’t kept more commuters off the roads for the past two years. But it’s still a big problem. Not sure how we’re going to get around this bridge. It would have been worse if it had been over one of the three rivers but it’s still pretty bad.

Forbes Ave is a major road from downtown Pittsburgh to the east neighborhoods.

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  1. They have been warning about collapsing infrastructure and very unsafe bridges for years, and no one did anything about it until the recent bill. This event would be a frightening warning, but it is likely that the conspiracy sites will try to blame Biden for causing it, because they would always rather try to come up with insane talking points, than fix anything. How did we get to this point?

  2. I’m glad you weren’t on that bus, looked really scary hanging down.
    Thanks for letting us know you’re okay.

    • Our PAT buses feature prominently at our infrastructure collapses. A few years ago, one fell into a hole on Penn Ave near where I work and screwed up a major internet cable. Soooo, that was fun.
      Made for some cool pics.
      PAT Buses, always so dramatic.

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  4. This sort of thing has been *decades* in the making:

    https://infrastructurereportcard.org/making-the-grade/report-card-history/

    We have the infrastructure of a Third World country. While I don’t think Biden is perfect, he deserves high praise for trying to do something about it.

  5. City of bridges! Pittsburgh is so lovely. I really hope this infrastructure bill prevents anything like this from happening again.

    • Completely off-topic:

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      Having said that, I found the TGV to be a more enjoyable experience (at least the Lyria TGV from Zurich to Paris – 75 euros for a first class ticket bought at the station, as low as 49 euros if you plan ahead).

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