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Too Big to Fall: America's Failing Infrastructure and the Way Forward Hardcover – November 9, 2010
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--Sam Schwartz, Sam Schwartz Engineering
The main character within the book is the I-35W bridge that collapsed in 2007. Turns out it had been identified as deficient for 16 straight years. The 'second main character' is bridges in general. As for water and sewer lines, power distribution, etc. - those topics are just not addressed.
Interesting to learn that only after the I-35W bridge collapsed did Gov. Palenty drop his opposition to raising the state's gas tax. Thus, he must share a significant portion of the blame. Further, in 2003, he appointed his Lt. Gov. as Highway Commissioner, creating a political environment that replaced its prior professional focus. (Squeezing maintenance until a disaster occurs is not good leadership, and in my opinion should disqualify Palenty for any further office.)
Private funding of maintenance brings increased conflict over whether enough maintenance is being performed, and whether it is being done properly. (Creating toll roads adds overheads for toll collections.)
Visual inspections of bridges are not standardized - the results vary widely between inspectors. Inadequate training is also a common problem.
--Dan McNichol, Bestselling Author of The Big Dig, The Roads That Built America, and Asphalt in America; Columnist for Rebuilding America's Infrastructure
Gary La Point
Supply Chain Management,
This is a good introductory book into bridge management and inspection in the United States, but it doesn't really present a whole picture.
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I felt that the author was laying the case for a trial; placing blame and establishing facts. May be more interesting for legal buffs,not engineers.Published 6 months ago by G. Book
Great book about our countries failing infrastructure. A must read.Published 8 months ago by Thomas Ketcham
Easy to read and understand how bridges fall. The politicians' now know, that people know, the reason why Infrastructure falls - lack of maintenance and not the political script... Read morePublished on February 18, 2014 by Peter Milne
Infrastructure is falling apart and the politicians are ignoring the maintenance. Every engineer ought to study this book and lobby with illiterate and clueless politicians of the... Read morePublished on December 4, 2013 by Bernard W. Martin
I was living in Minneapolis when the I-35 bridge collapsed. Two days later I saw the debris and fortunately I didn't know any of the casualties. Read morePublished on July 21, 2013 by MikeSensei
Great book for everyone to read. Very educational and interesting. The service was great and on time. Excellant people to do business with.Published on July 19, 2013 by JOE M. HARRIS
Im not sure what I expected but this book became too laborious to enjoy. There is no doubt that LePatner clearly lays out a case for repairing our infrastructure and likens the... Read morePublished on March 16, 2013 by Barinr
Barry LePartner through this book is challenging the Engineering community to fulfill our duties of getting our infrastructure back in shape, mainly by regainging the decision... Read morePublished on May 14, 2011 by Mike M- Engineer- help out - get involved - do something