I’ve been collecting emails and other material about the chronic mess that is the Minnesota Department of Transportation. There’ll be a much bigger post on this issue later on this week.
In the meantime, Sarah Janecek starts digging into the rathole:
The bridge collapse–in what’s sure to be an excruciatingly painful process–will put the spotlight on what anyone who has worked in Minnesota transportation policy has known for decades: the Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) is a mess. No one administration or political party is to blame. The Rudy Perpich (DFL) Administration (1982-1990), the Arne Carlson (R) Administration (1990-1998), the Jesse Ventura (I) Administration (1998-2002) and the Tim Pawlenty (R) Administration (2002-to present) have all made the same call. There are other, sexier things to fund rather than existing infrastructure and that’s what’s happened.
That, as they say, is just the beginning.
Read the whole thing.
In other Bridge-related news, Wog has some theories about the collapse. Some make you go “hmm”, some make you go “hmph”, and all of them are better than anything Nick Coleman’s come up with…