A new study conducted by Transportation for America has discovered that approximately 70,000 bridges in the United States are structurally deficient, meaning that an engineer has identified a significant defect in the structure's support or decking. That's a large number, but perhaps more shocking is the fact that the study indicates that every second, 71 drivers in Chicago drive over one of those derelict crossings. The study found that approximately 10 percent of the city's bridges are in need of significant repair, which equates to around 400 structurally deficient bridges all together.

According to Gideon Blustein, executive director of the Infrastructure Council at the Illinois Chamber of Commerce, Chicago may be in danger of losing its reputation as a hub of transportation unless the government invests in its aging infrastructure.

Transportation for America says that to catch up on the nation's back log of repairs would cost approximately $70 billion. Now, here's where we're confused. Unemployment is at record levels and our nation is in desperate need of infrastructure repair. According to Chicago Federation of Labor President Jorge Ramirez, $1.25 billion spent on transportation generates approximately 35,000 jobs. Seems like a two-bird, one-stone scenario to us. Hit the jump for a quick video.



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      Ty
      • 3 Years Ago
      Name calling? Cmon guys! What is this...Congress? But as many of you have previously stated, solid infrastructure benefits everyone. 'Nuff said.
      Zach
      • 3 Years Ago
      Shouldn't some of the stimulus money have gone to this instead of say, Solyndra or GE?
        mikey683
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Zach
        Or balancing the 2010 budgets of Republican governors who then turn around and say what a failure the stimulus was?
        Cooperaaaron
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Zach
        Leave the politics out of it, just put ALL good Americans back to work.
          mikey683
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Cooperaaaron
          Cooper how do you leave the politics out of politics? especially when 98% of americans have no representation in this country. Why do you suppose republicans have wasted so much time on 8 different anti-abortion bills, including 3 to stop federal funding for abortion, (which we've never had).
      leon_c
      • 3 Years Ago
      Here in my hometown, Pasadena, TX, there has been tremendous amounts of money being spent on roads here. Almost every large street, or one's with lots of traffic in the city are under some kind of renovation or complete overhaul. Sure, the construction causes a lot of headaches, and sure, Pasadena isn't as large as neighboring Houston but this is great because in the end we all get great newly paved streets and I'm seeing a lot of people earning a few bucks working on these streets. There needs to be more of this because when we earn money, we spend money, and that's all it takes to see a little improvement in our economy.
      ichiban
      • 3 Years Ago
      Well, let's see.... We continue this farce in Afghanistan that's wasting hundreds of millions; the Congress, on both sides of the aisle, is so dysfunctional that it's all anyone can do to find the crapper, then they argue about who gets to go first; the banksters hold sway on Wall Street after getting their bailouts that are used to pay ever-higher salaries and bonuses; and the economy is in a shambles as a result of good old American greed and politcally degenerate "leaders" who really don't give a damnunless their decisions will get them re-elected. And we wonder why this country is rapidly becoming second-rate and dying of self-inflicted wounds...
        • 3 Years Ago
        @ichiban
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      texmln
      • 3 Years Ago
      It's great watching you all argue over whether funds should or should not be stolen from hardworking taxpayers so we can employ a bunch of unskilled, lazy incompetents build a substandard bridge in Chicago but every last one of you is way off base. Regardless of what you think is the right way to go here the money WILL be stolen from hardworking taxpayers and it WILL be used to line the pockets of local politicians and union officials. This is CHICAGO. There will be no jobs and there will be no bridge but you can bet they will take your money.
      hmmwv
      • 3 Years Ago
      They better fix the bridges in Chicago first, otherwise it's gonna make it too easy for the Decepticons to seal off the city.
      dukeisduke
      • 3 Years Ago
      Chicago, fix its infrastructure? First, you'd have to divert some graft to pay for it. Or, just do what they always do in Chicago and Crook County - increase taxes to fund the graft and corruption, and still not fix the problems.
      mikey683
      • 3 Years Ago
      For the conservatives: I Am an American Conservative ******** This morning I was awoken by my alarm clock powered by electricity generated by the public power monopoly regulated by the U.S. Department of Energy. I then took a shower in the clean water provided by a municipal water utility. After that, I turned on the TV to one of the FCC-regulated channels to see what the National Weather Service of the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration determined the weather was going to be like, using satellites designed, built, and launched by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration. I watched this while eating my breakfast of U.S. Department of Agriculture-inspected food and taking the drugs which have been determined as safe by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. At the appropriate time, as regulated by the U.S. Congress and kept accurate by the National Institute of Standards and Technology and the U.S. Naval Observatory, I get into my National Highway Traffic Safety Administration-approved automobile and set out to work on the roads build by the local, state, and federal Departments of Transportation, possibly stopping to purchase additional fuel of a quality level determined by the Environmental Protection Agency, using legal tender issued by the Federal Reserve Bank. On the way out the door I deposit any mail I have to be sent out via the U.S. Postal Service and drop the kids off at the public school. After spending another day not being maimed or killed at work thanks to the workplace regulations imposed by the Department of Labor and the Occupational Safety and Health administration, enjoying another two meals which again do not kill me because of the USDA, I drive my NHTSA car back home on the DOT roads, to my house which has not burned down in my absence because of the state and local building codes and Fire Marshal's inspection, and which has not been plundered of all its valuables thanks to the local police department. And then I log on to the internet -- which was developed by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Administration -- and post on Freerepublic.com and Fox News forums about how SOCIALISM in medicine is BAD because the government can't do anything right.
        EZEE
        • 3 Years Ago
        @mikey683
        And jeez mikey - what ever happened to hippies? You guys used to want to escape to your communes, grow your own food, smoke dope, lick stamps (but not the brown stamp...bad trips there) and play your zitars while singing by the camp fire and tie dying shirts. What the heck happened? Now you LOVE The Man! He will take care of you! Hold your hand! Your food...your ....everything! Do any other liberals look at Mikey's comment in abject horror? Mikey, if I could reprint your post and show it everywhere, liberals would never win another election. Your truly scare me.
          sirvixisvexed
          • 3 Years Ago
          @EZEE
          And we wouldn't disagree on much, i'm an atlas shrugger at heart. I liked your post about detroit's political corruption, I live and grew up there (burbs, not downtown) and it's a great example of horrible government inefficiency and rampant corruption.
          EZEE
          • 3 Years Ago
          @EZEE
          Wow really? I have to read your posts more closely. The left will like to stereotype us together with the rest of the right, which is a shame, as we can yell as loudly at republicans as democrats.
          sirvixisvexed
          • 3 Years Ago
          @EZEE
          HAHAHA not the brown stamp!....good point about the way it used to be compared to now with hippies. Good to see you here as well!
        Ashton
        • 3 Years Ago
        @mikey683
        geez, does the government hold your dick for ya when you take a piss?
      SpeedyRacer
      • 3 Years Ago
      Please explain why, I, a taxpayer in Arizona should pay to rebuild rusting bridges in Chicago? Let the good people of Illinois who will benefit from the expenditures also make the outlays. Infrastructure gets old and eventually requires replacement. That is necessary. It does NOT make for net job creation. The money has to come from somewhere. When it comes from taxpayers it does not go to purchase or create other things. The purchase of those things would have produced jobs themselves. It is a zero sum gain, if you are lucky, because government spending tends to be less efficient than private spending -- lower multiplier effect. Japan spent its lost decade spending on infrastructure trying to recover. It was an economic failure. It still is.
        DrEvil
        • 3 Years Ago
        @SpeedyRacer
        Mr. SpeedyRacer: Because you in Az benefits from the taxes that the federal collects from the larger population centers like: California, New York, Florida, Illinois, Texas. Arizona does not generate enough revenue to pay for all that infrastructure that you've been blessed with.
          someone
          • 3 Years Ago
          @DrEvil
          The problem with the medicare model is that it isn't truly paying the costs - doctors lose money on medicare patients and make that up by charging paying client more. The "efficiency" is a fallacy.
          mikey683
          • 3 Years Ago
          @DrEvil
          Wunderbird medicare for instance has a 40% lower overhead than insurance companies. Over *3% goes to treating patients. medicare dent have to pay shareholders. medicare doesn't have to show a profit. Social security is also run very efficiently. the government is not your enemy. The government is us. Why do conservatives think our government is staffed by evil foreigners? You all seem to love the constitution and e founding fathers but you hate what they created? how does that make sense?
          omegaslast
          • 3 Years Ago
          @DrEvil
          exactly this, why do blue states keep having to prop up red states again? they sure as hell dont appreciate it.
        JohnY
        • 3 Years Ago
        @SpeedyRacer
        Infrastructure doesn't just benefit those living next to it. In this massively globalized economy, having healthy infrastructure has a much larger economic footprint. How much of our consumer products are brought in by trucks? America depends on its roads and bridges, and if there is a collapse at a crossroads as important as Chicago, you can bet you'll feel it all the way in Arizona.
        T. C.
        • 3 Years Ago
        @SpeedyRacer
        Sound infrastructure benefits all citizens, not just those directly adjacent to the project. Having sound bridges across the country allows commerce to flow smoothly. In the long run, having such sound infrastructure brings more benefit to the economy than the actual cost of the individual projects, as they employ workers who spend their earnings and allow companies to conduct business with some certainty. Government spending is actually MORE efficient than private spending, because there is no profit motive involved -- that is why Medicare can operate with 3% overhead and 97% going to benefits, while private health insurance companies only devote 80% of premiums to benefits (and that only because it's been government mandated - they lobbied for much lower requirements). Stick to discussing cars, unless your knowledge of them is just as deficient as your knowledge of economics.
          mikey683
          • 3 Years Ago
          @T. C.
          T.C. isn't it always those who pay the least that complain the loudest.
          caddy-v
          • 3 Years Ago
          @T. C.
          "isn't it always those who pay the least that complain the loudest." Ain't that a hoot. The 47% of Americans that pay NO taxes sure do complain. And whine, and cry, and beg, and resent those that have something they don't, and slobber all over a goofball president that promises them the world but in reality, keeps them under his thumb knowing that if the stupid keep dreaming, he keeps power.
        Jarrod Barger
        • 3 Years Ago
        @SpeedyRacer
        Typical Conservative corporate slave (and typical Arizonan): Who cares how it aides us all... what is in it for me and only me!!! Greedy f'er
          someone
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Jarrod Barger
          I think the question is, why does highway money have to go through the federal government?
        You guy
        • 3 Years Ago
        @SpeedyRacer
        If the city of Chicago fails, I can see Phoenix not far behind. Think about it.
          mikey683
          • 3 Years Ago
          @You guy
          To caddy-v: I Am an American Conservative ******** This morning I was awoken by my alarm clock powered by electricity generated by the public power monopoly regulated by the U.S. Department of Energy. I then took a shower in the clean water provided by a municipal water utility. After that, I turned on the TV to one of the FCC-regulated channels to see what the National Weather Service of the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration determined the weather was going to be like, using satellites designed, built, and launched by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration. I watched this while eating my breakfast of U.S. Department of Agriculture-inspected food and taking the drugs which have been determined as safe by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. At the appropriate time, as regulated by the U.S. Congress and kept accurate by the National Institute of Standards and Technology and the U.S. Naval Observatory, I get into my National Highway Traffic Safety Administration-approved automobile and set out to work on the roads build by the local, state, and federal Departments of Transportation, possibly stopping to purchase additional fuel of a quality level determined by the Environmental Protection Agency, using legal tender issued by the Federal Reserve Bank. On the way out the door I deposit any mail I have to be sent out via the U.S. Postal Service and drop the kids off at the public school. After spending another day not being maimed or killed at work thanks to the workplace regulations imposed by the Department of Labor and the Occupational Safety and Health administration, enjoying another two meals which again do not kill me because of the USDA, I drive my NHTSA car back home on the DOT roads, to my house which has not burned down in my absence because of the state and local building codes and Fire Marshal's inspection, and which has not been plundered of all its valuables thanks to the local police department. And then I log on to the internet -- which was developed by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Administration -- and post on Freerepublic.com and Fox News forums about how SOCIALISM in medicine is BAD because the government can't do anything right.
      NissanGTR
      • 3 Years Ago
      We could take all the money that is used to keep the non working low class alive and rebuild the structure for the middle class that actually work. The low class die off, crime is lower, and the majority get to live in lower crime rates. Win, win.
        mikey683
        • 3 Years Ago
        @NissanGTR
        wow nissan you a total *******. are you talking about the almost 16 % of Americans who are now unemployed? So 16 % of americans are 'low class" and should be killed? What rock did you crawl out from under? Why isn't bullshit like this surprising anymore?
        mikey683
        • 3 Years Ago
        @NissanGTR
        I see Nisasan so then you saying that the probably 16 % of americans who are currently unemployed are "low class' and should be killed. I'm guessing though that you mean kill the black people don't you? Your not hard to figure out. this is of course because your a mouth breathing moron. what rock did you crawl out from under.
          Jason Allen
          • 3 Years Ago
          @mikey683
          Mouthbreathers have small nostrills not small brains and dic*s! ;)
      johnb
      • 3 Years Ago
      The first "stimulus" was supposed to help with this, but of course that money just went to failed solar companies, loser green car companies to build cars in finland, Brazil to drill for oil, to fill union pension fund coffers, which in turn could be donated back to democrat reelection campaigns and to study condom usage with Chinese hookers. Who knows what else? But this next stimulus package is for real and it's gonna fix bridges and prevent Rapes (according to Plugs Biden)! yeah right.
        Blowntranny
        • 3 Years Ago
        @johnb
        Except for the tens of billions that did get spent on transportation infrastructure. Many more billions needs to get spent to fix what was neglected during the Bush presidency. By your Brazilian oil drilling and Chinese hooker comment I can see you are a person that gets his information from chain e-mails. Investing in the Brazilian oil drilling was a decision made by Bush appointees in charge of the US import-export bank and did not use any tax dollars. The chinese prostitute study was awarded during the Bush presidency.
        Blowntranny
        • 3 Years Ago
        @johnb
        Except for the tens of billions that did get spent on transportation infrastructure. Many more billions needs to get spent to fix what was neglected during the Bush presidency. By your Brazilian oil drilling and Chinese hooker comment I can see you are a person that gets his information from chain e-mails. Investing in the Brazilian oil drilling was a decision made by Bush appointees in charge of the US import-export bank and did not use any tax dollars. The chinese prostitute study was awarded during the Bush presidency.
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