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Massachusetts Liberal

Observations on politics, the media and life in Massachusetts and beyond from the left side of the road.

Friday, September 28, 2007

Just fix it

I wish I could say I was surprised by the bureaucratic bumbling that's taking place between the City of Boston and the Massachusetts Turnpike Authority over just one of the 588 structurally deficient bridges in Massachusetts.

It raises once again the question -- where do they find the people that are in charge of the Massachusetts Turnpike Authority? Or the city?

Silly me, but I don't understand why there is even a debate over who fixes it, let alone who charges who what amount of money for the right to do the job.

If it is a city owned structure, why is this coming from Turnpike Authority spokesman Mac Daniel:
"If there was any danger to the roadway, we would have encouraged the city to help us with a fix."
Similarly, why does the authority want to charge the city to get under the bridge to check it out?

The seeming stalemate over finding the right contractor and the right equipment to get underneath to install netting to capture falling concrete and to assess the situation would be laughable if it weren't so serious.

And you wonder why people have lost faith in government?

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