…you read something like this in the newspaper:
“After a year of cosmetic repairs, the Major Highway overpass seems to be falling apart from the inside out – if you take a good look at the side of the aging bridge by standing next to the intersection of Some Big Avenue, and Main-ish Streets, you can see the main support steel beams rotted all the way through. Maybe this is a good spot to start dumping some of the stimulus cash before it gets eaten as well.”
If you live in Somerville, Massachusetts, this news item was reported in the March 18, 2009 edition of the Somerville News. The McGrath Highway overpass at Somerville Ave and Medford Street is wearing out. This is bad news. Last year cosmetic repairs were made to this overpass. This is embarrassing news.
Isn’t making cosmetic repairs to a highway overpass a little like like putting wallpaper on a wall that’s losing it’s plaster? Doesn’t a crumbling highway overpass present a potential public safety issue? Hummm…if the result is fewer highway overpasses fall on our heads, these dire financial times might not be so bad after all.