Thursday, September 22, 2011

Photo Oops, Obama touts his jobs plan today at an Ohio bridge that won't qualify

"I, I, I, I, I'm, I'm a warrior for the middle class."'s the problem... that could screw up all those envisioned photo op shots of the Democrat and the traffic - LA Times

He referred to it in his Sept. 8 speech to Congress, saying "there's a bridge that needs repair between Ohio and Kentucky that's on one of the busiest trucking routes in North America." - Investors Business Daily

In fact, it's designed to last for decades more.... It is, however, "functionally obsolete," which in this case means it's too small to handle the daily traffic load. While designed to handle 85,000 cars and trucks, it now carries more than 150,000, leading to regular backups.

So the plan isn't to do extensive repairs on the bridge, but to build an entirely new one right next to it and keep the old one in use.

The problem is that construction work on the $2.3 billion bridge isn't scheduled to start for three or four years, according to the project's official website.

That would appear to put it outside the "immediate" timetable in Obama's jobs bill, which requires the Transportation secretary to "obligate" all the highway funds "not later than two years after enactment" of the bill.

Experts say Obama's visit won't help bridge -