Grant / Construction under way for bi...

Grant / Construction under way for big bridge move

There are 20 comments on the TwinCities.com story from Oct 3, 2009, titled Grant / Construction under way for big bridge move. In it, TwinCities.com reports that:

Construction has begun at two sites nearly 300 miles apart to move a 132-year-old bridge from northern Minnesota to Grant.

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Since: Apr 08

Wisconsin Rapids, WI

#1 Oct 4, 2009
Is it going to be a toll bridge or is this another boondoggle paid for with real transportation funds that could go to fixing roads????
MNGOP Delegate

United States

#2 Oct 4, 2009
Absolute waste of taxpayer dollars when this could have been a brand new bridge at a fraction of the cost!
Joe Blow

Saint Paul, MN

#4 Oct 4, 2009
This is a perfect example of how the State and Local governments abuse their trust as elected and non-elected officials. All levels of government are broke because of this exact type of foolishness. They are now abusing the honest citizen by stealing the hard earned money of the citizenry through higher levels of traffic enforcement, higher fees, higher taxes, simply because these people do not know what is important and what is foolish. They seem to confuse those concepts nearly 100% of the time.

I welcome any opposing views.
Poor Reporting

Ashburn, VA

#5 Oct 4, 2009
What would the cost of the new bridge have been to build it using new materials ?

Since: Aug 09

Superior, WI

#6 Oct 4, 2009
Poor Reporting wrote:
What would the cost of the new bridge have been to build it using new materials ?
And add to it the cost for all the approaches and such to bring it up to the higher grade to match the bridge? How about just putting in some crosswalk markings?...we all know that bikes have the right-of-way in those. I'd guess no more that a few hundred bucks for that option...or we can move an old broken down bridge and piss away millions of dollars. Is it any surprise which one the State chose?
FrankL

Saint Paul, MN

#8 Oct 5, 2009
You can't expect the Lance Armstrong wannabes to actually stop to croos a busy road?
Incredible70 wrote:
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And add to it the cost for all the approaches and such to bring it up to the higher grade to match the bridge? How about just putting in some crosswalk markings?...we all know that bikes have the right-of-way in those. I'd guess no more that a few hundred bucks for that option...or we can move an old broken down bridge and **** away millions of dollars. Is it any surprise which one the State chose?
Torches and Pitchforks

Minneapolis, MN

#9 Oct 5, 2009
Close on to $3M (and who knows how much more it will be once all is said and done) for a bike and pedestrian overpass on Manning??? In the midst of a recession no less?
And the MSM, polititians, and some pundits are wondering why the [taxpaying] populance across the country is realy to take up torches and pitchforks and storm the castle.......
Torches and Pitchforks

Minneapolis, MN

#10 Oct 5, 2009
typo correction:..."ready " to take up torches etc....

Since the original bridge is a historic structure, I am sure that some organization or other interested party would have been willing to take it down, refurbish, and display or utilize it elsewhere.
Pat from Blaine

United States

#11 Oct 5, 2009
Joe Blow wrote:
This is a perfect example of how the State and Local governments abuse their trust as elected and non-elected officials. All levels of government are broke because of this exact type of foolishness. They are now abusing the honest citizen by stealing the hard earned money of the citizenry through higher levels of traffic enforcement, higher fees, higher taxes, simply because these people do not know what is important and what is foolish. They seem to confuse those concepts nearly 100% of the time.
I welcome any opposing views.
Hey Joe Blow.

No opposing view from me just 100% agreement.

Imagine moving a bridge that far. How about exploding it and videotaping it so we can watch it again and again.

thanks
Joe Blow

Saint Paul, MN

#12 Oct 5, 2009
Pat from Blaine wrote:
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Hey Joe Blow.
No opposing view from me just 100% agreement.
Imagine moving a bridge that far. How about exploding it and videotaping it so we can watch it again and again.
thanks
My goodness Pat, please do not give these Idiots any suggestions. They are so dumb that they would probably think that is a great idea. Then since they already have the current plan, would go find another worthless bridge and do as you suggest.

Remember these people are not the best and the brightest. If they are even "C" students, I would be surprised and amazed.
Joe Blow

Saint Paul, MN

#13 Oct 5, 2009
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* A liberal demands that the rest of us pay for his.
Aaron

Savage, MN

#14 Oct 5, 2009
There has got to be a cheaper way to do this. If it is only for bikes, horses, and peds. Not that I am for it at all but I am well aware that we like to waste money in this state. Sure am glad we have "money" for this.
Joe Blow

Saint Paul, MN

#15 Oct 5, 2009
Aaron wrote:
There has got to be a cheaper way to do this. If it is only for bikes, horses, and peds. Not that I am for it at all but I am well aware that we like to waste money in this state. Sure am glad we have "money" for this.
The point is that we don't have "Money" for this.
Aaron

Savage, MN

#16 Oct 6, 2009
Joe Blow wrote:
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The point is that we don't have "Money" for this.
Well aware of that bud and we shouldn't be doing this.
Uff Duh

Saint Paul, MN

#17 Oct 7, 2009
this type of work keeps people employed. it's the economy, stupid. What do you think the project superintendent (Tim Olson of Minnowa Construction, based in Harmony, Minn.) is going to do with the money his company earns? probably spend it in the economy. more spending, more jobs.
Joe Blow

Saint Paul, MN

#18 Oct 7, 2009
Uff Duh wrote:
this type of work keeps people employed. it's the economy, stupid. What do you think the project superintendent (Tim Olson of Minnowa Construction, based in Harmony, Minn.) is going to do with the money his company earns? probably spend it in the economy. more spending, more jobs.
So we should WASTE good tax dollars because of your idea to stimulate the economy. I don't think so. Maybe Politicians should just stand on bridges and throw money into the air. That would stimulate a bunch.
Joe Blow

Saint Paul, MN

#19 Oct 7, 2009
Aaron wrote:
<quoted text>
Well aware of that bud and we shouldn't be doing this.
What a dumb response!
Aaron

Savage, MN

#20 Oct 7, 2009
Joe Blow wrote:
<quoted text>
What a dumb response!
I'm agree that we shouldn't be wasting money on this.
Aaron

Minneapolis, MN

#21 Oct 7, 2009
I meant to say I.

Since: Oct 09

Jacksonville, NC

#22 Nov 25, 2009
Uff Duh wrote:
this type of work keeps people employed. it's the economy, stupid. What do you think the project superintendent (Tim Olson of Minnowa Construction, based in Harmony, Minn.) is going to do with the money his company earns? probably spend it in the economy. more spending, more jobs.
"It's the economy stupid"...what a cluless statement.

It's the economy, so spend more taxpayer dollars...yep, that's worked really well at the federal level, we should do it at all levels. Everyone should just give up all your money to government so they can give it back to us.

Has anyone out there EVER taken a basic economics class? Better yet, has any liberal out there ever NOT worked for governemnt?

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