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Infrastructure problems

February 6, 2014

To the editor: Our country is facing a major crisis. There are many bridges, roads and water systems that need replacing. Most of these items are at least 50 years old....

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Feb-09-14 8:04 PM

We have to have priorities. More sports stadiums and associated items. The we have to support the illegals who our state gov encourages. Doesn't it seem strange that there is a surplus then we have many programs holding their hands out demanding it be used for their pork projects? I look at the Merit project which is designed to save lives and it is ignored. But a sporting complex is encouraged? maybe I missed something?

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Feb-07-14 12:23 PM

If Congress hadn't spent much of the road tax funds on other pork spending, there would be plenty of money for interstates and bridges. As for the other stuff, each municipality is responsible for maintaining sewer and water but has chosen not to put away money for these projects. But the police and firefighters unions are well funded.

Don't look to either the state or federal government for these projects.

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Feb-07-14 8:32 AM

I believe the writer was looking at a national level. In that respect, I have to agree. In MN, we have prioritized many road projects, while leaving many other infrastructure issues left to rot--like water/sewer upgrades. It's a concern in many metro areas. For every bridge or road that is fixed, there are more that need attention that are not being fixed. The Interstate System needs major attention and not just the parts that go through major cities, where many states do the work and share the cost of repairs with the feds.

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Feb-06-14 7:39 PM

There been a ton of work on Minnesota's bridges since the I-35 collapse. This letter is a rant that holds no water.

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