Our Highways, Dams and Bridges Are Falling Apart- Where Are Our Tax Dollars Going?

Transportation and Other Things We Need

Not much research showed that all of our nation's interstate roadways are in dire need of repairs.  Not only the roads themselves, but the overpasses at all the interchanges are literally falling apart right beneath our cars.

Each individual state is responsible for their roads, but it has been dozens of years since the state's budgets have allowed for the kind of repairs needed to fix these highways.  The economics of this problem goes far beyond not having the resources to fix the roadways.  It is a fact that all of the goods, foodstuffs, livestock, and wholesale houses use these interstate highways as their main source of transporting their wares across this country, and even more, used to get the goods to the ports used to transport said goods overseas to those who frequent our exports.  Research is showing that the USA is fast losing it's hold on being the number one country for these sales to other countries, and that other countries like China who now holds the number one place of selling their wares to other countries, can beat us by far as to the time it takes to transport these merchandise..  Let me add here, that China, Germany and several other countries have far better roads than we do, for they were made after ours, and are kept up to standards.

When looked into, scientists and geolegists stated that our roads, which for the most part were made between the years 1930 to 1950, have taken a real beating from weather, ice, water causing the steel supports to rust, and then water from rain washes away the sand and limstone from cement.  This leaves the cement supports under our underpasses with as much as 2 to 6 inch cracks which they continued, would only take a vibration or rumble of a tremor to cause many of these underpasses to just callapse with cars on them. 

The states are repairing cracks on the freeways themselves, with what they are calling a "patch and pray method" of repairs.  It has been at least twenty years since our federal government has appropriated monies to states for the upkeep of our roads.  Yet, nothing is said about this disaster waiting to happen on the evening news, nor the fact that our tax dollars that are collected for the care of our roads seems to get used for many other things, leaving the problem to solve itself.  Patch and pray, I think that would make a good road sign for those highways using that method of caring for our well being while traveling

Other problems that are swept under the rug, is the fact that each state has an average of between 2,000 to 4,000 dams each.  These same states have on the payroll one or two people inspecting these dams each year.  On the average year these people can actually inspect about 800 to maybe 1,000 dams.  The dams that they have looked at, the ones they feel are the most dangerouis, have indeed cracks, leakage under and around the dams, causing some towns downstream from them with basements that constantly fill with water, sinkholes in and around their streets and homes, and many other problems.  Once again, these things are not pointed out to the people on the news or any other place. 

It has been indicated that not until there is a disaster caused by one of these ticking timebombs, will any attention be brought to the problem.   One of these dams is located north of Memphis, and scientists state that when, not if but when that dam goes, Memphis will be at least 20 feet under water, no llonger existing, nor will it ever exist again.

A couple of other problems that have been put off and ignored is the tap water and sewerage systems of most of the cities we have.  Especially those in older cities, like New York for example should probably be boiling their water for their pipe systems are so old and leak so much that not only is the drinking quality breatched, but the pipes themselves are only a fraction of the diameter that they were when they were laid, way back in the 1920's.  That is correct, we in the city of New York are using the same pipes as were laid in the 20's, almost one hundred years ago.  Still, there is no money for the repair or replacement of these systems, clear across our country. 

Where are the tax dollars going that we all pay to keep up the naintainance of these systems?  It is ironic that in these days, when the rich are getting richer, and the poor poorer, that when we have banks and their employees taking money that isn't theirs, these times when there are more multimillionaires than ever before in history, that we cannot keep the money that we pay to keep our homes and highways safe, from being used for other things.  We pay many dollars for other countries to train soldiers, or for them to have supplies, but our own homeland is crumbling beneath our feet, and dangerously so.

When do we wake up and make a noise so that those who we have put in charge of our great country take a notice and stop the foolishness of doing all the things that they want to do and put the money back into our homelands and its problems, very dangerous problems.  When will this be? I hope not after millions of people pay the price with their lives.  I pray this is not when.

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ddsurfsca 5 years ago from ventura., california Author

I did not see the show either, but according to all the research I did, our government is not hiding the fact that they cannot afford to keep the roadways and highways, in good repair. It is not just the roads anyway, the reports I read said that bridges and dams were the places they worried about most. This is because of the disaster and the number of people who will be not just effected but hurt or killed by the disrepair. It went on to say that most of the wharfs and piers in our port cities, if you look below the water level, are being held up by less than what shows ubove the water. The poles, that are telephone pole size above the water level, are less than 3 to 6 inches in diameter below the water.

Our government cannot afford to repair these things right now, with the economy the way it is. Nobody will argue with that statement.


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spiritual1rav 5 years ago

I can't bring myself to pay attention to what you wrote when there are so many grammatical and spelling errors. If you want to be taken seriously, learn how to edit before you publish.

This problem actually isn't being ignored, and there is or was a television show which I didn't watch, but was on this subject. I think it is/was called "Inspecting America".

For clarification purposes, the roads you are writing about are interstate highways, not state and local roads, as trucks aren't allowed to drive on those. Also, do you drive at all? The highways are pretty much always being worked on.


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Cagsil 5 years ago from USA or America

I would have to say that this hub clearly points out a problem with our political system and those who are within it. The people presently in office are meaningless, almost useless to the citizenry and country, yet prosper millions of dollars. And, you would be right, the rich continue to get richer, while the poor get poorer. It goes to show that the status quo Obama is fighting against, has been in place for far too long. It's unfortunate that the people of the country are failing to be responsible about their politicians. But, that's another subject for another time. Great Hub! Thumbs UP! :)


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Paradise7 5 years ago from Upstate New York

I couldn't agre more with everything you said in this hub, and the comments. Where'd all that stimulus money go??? Not into the roads, bridges, overpasses, sewer systems and etc. around here!

That was one scary fact you included in this hub, that someday it's inevitable that Memphis will be under twenty feet of water unless somebody does something about it, now! I wonder do the people living in Memphis know this fact?


HSchneider 5 years ago from Parsippany, New Jersey

I wish the stimulus money had much more dedicated to infrastructure projects. The problem was that only a fraction went to that. That was a shame. So much good could have been accomplished with that money. Instead the bill was watered down. You are quite correct that the states have enormous infrastructure problems that have gone unaddressed for years. It's about time more money was dedicated to these problems instead of the constant drumbeat for tax cuts. It's all political pandering. Excellent and on target Hub.


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Barbara Kay 5 years ago from USA

I don't think there was any corruption in spending the money, but the roads themselves were so bad in some states, that all of the money went there and it still didn't complete half of the work that needs to be done.

Right now our state is discussing replacing a major bridge. Half of the state is screaming because they don't want to pay more taxes.

Our country is in a sad state of affairs.


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poorconservative1 5 years ago

The billions that were in the stimulus money that the Democrats advocated and Obama signed were supposed to go for infrastructure. For some reason that money never made it to it's designated targets. My question is simply; why not? Do I smell corruption? I think I do.

Thanks

Chuck

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