Let’s Look at Infrastructure

That seems to be the message of Sen. Marty Williams, R-Newport News. He has an op-ed in today’s Daily Press built around statistics like these:

Driving on roads in need of repair costs Virginia motorists $1.2 billion a year in extra vehicle repairs and operating costs – $248 per motorist.

Twenty-six percent of Virginia’s bridges are structurally deficient or functionally

There are 74 state-determined deficient dams in Virginia.

Virginia has 126 high-hazard dams whose failure would cause a loss of life and
significant property damage.

Sixty percent of Virginia’s schools have at least one inadequate building feature.

Fifty-eight percent of Virginia’s schools have at least one unsatisfactory environmental condition.

I wonder who has an estimate on what fixing all those current and potential infrastructure problems will cost.

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  1. James Atticus Bowden Avatar
    James Atticus Bowden

    There would have to be two estimates. One would be what repairs should cost. (Schools should be a local problem) The other would be how much it really will cost in money, time, delays and accidents when VDOT can’t do it without huge over runs. The I-64 interchange in Hampton that Marty helped happen (to move tourists to the Hampton city ‘Powerpoint’ businesses) is how much over cost? How many mistakes in construction? How much in delays and accidents?

    No one is against repairs. But it would be more comforting to taxpayers to know that the 3 Stooges don’t stay in charge of ‘infrastructure’ fixes.

  2. Could these be the “structural deficit” that pro-tax legislators often mention? Maybe so. But until voters trust legislators to fix these problems, they won’t support more tax increases.

    If fact…I think I’ve stumbled onto something. Perhaps Virginians haven’t minded Warner’s tax increases because they like him personally and that translates to trust.

  3. Alright guys – the day after Bob Gibson writes about this as the most read blog in VA, you don’t post a darn thing?

    Is everyone at various college graduations today (for children, I assume)?

  4. Jim Bacon Avatar
    Jim Bacon

    Paul, Do you have a URL for the Gibson citation?

  5. Will Vehrs Avatar
    Will Vehrs

    Jeesh, Paul, we’re the “most read” blog because we only post when we have something to say ….

    And, Jim, ye of little faith … I’ll be covering Gibson in Pundit Watch, complete with link and suck-up.

  6. Steven Avatar

    Don’t forget about the Blue Dog’s lunatic ravings!

    For the record, I sent Dr. Bob of ‘The Daily Regress’ a thank you email this morning.

    ~ the blue dog

  7. Anonymous Avatar

    Regardless of the cost of fixing damaged and inadequate infrastructure, the cost is liely to be less than the cost of fixing it.

    At the same time it is important to remember that it is VDOT that brings us the $120,000 traffic signal. Surely we can do better.

  8. Anonymous Avatar

    Correction: Regardless of the cost of fixing damaged and inadequate infrastructure, the cost is likely to be less than the cost of NOT fixing it.

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