DOT chief: Deteriorating roads could lead to more freak accidents

Comment By Bob L.
07-25-2012

How Many Funded By Taxpayers

How Many Funded and Maintained By Taxpayers
WA tourist attractions, museums and oddball landmarks

Deteriorating roads, the way I look at it is, spend the taxpayers money on more Important things then what you in Government and YUPPIES want, like PLANTS in the middle of roadways, Death Cycles that they are putting in at intersections that are a miss use of Taxpayer funds, that make it hard to get trucks around to make delivers as well slows down response of Emergency Vehicles let alone to get through the inter sections when people speed around them.

Now how many landscapes projects and Statues and what ever that have nothing to do with the maintenance of this State of Washington, or was it used for DOME STADIUMS, and now a possible Basket Ball and Hockey STADIUM.

These Government Agencies had better start using Taxpayer money to better use then for fancy memorabilia and trash that have nothing to do with the States Obligations to the Taxpayers.

The State waste more money on things that THEY want then what is good for the States SAFETY, they waste it on Extravagant Wages, Health Care, Retirement, and how about Travel around the World saying to help the state, and any thing that benefits THEM but not the State, I thought that was the Chamber of commerce that was to bring in business to the State, Counties and Cities not to send it off shore.

Now that the States Have given out such good Wage Packages, Health Care and Retirements, it has come back to BITE Them in the BUTT, because it has gotten to the point that it Spends more in that then it does to run the states, so now they are going BANKRUPT and want to tax the hell out of its Citizens and put them in to the poor house, or let us say, in a CARDBOARD BOX any where they can put it and try to be safe, I SAY MAKE THEM EAT THEIR MESS THEY CAUSED, NOT THE TAXPAYER, they brought it on them selves along with the YUPPIES who just had to have it all, now make them pay for it.

How many Museums, Theaters, Road Side Attractions, Transit Systems, Rail Systems, and Road Side Art that is being Subsidized and Maintained by Taxpayers while the states and Government are complaining about going Broke. 

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DOT chief: Deteriorating roads could lead to more freak accidents

By JOEL MORENO, KOMO-TV
Tuesday, July 24, 2012

SEATTLE — A piece of deteriorating I-5 pavement shot through the air and hit a car this weekend, and the state’s transportation chief says it might not be the last time we see such a freak accident.

Henry Jessop and his family were headed down I-5 near Northgate on Saturday when a brick-sized concrete panel came off the road, crashed through car’s windshield and hit Jessop.

“The rock hit me so hard in the chest, it literally took my breath away,” Jessop said.

Secretary of Transportation Paula Hammond said road crews built much of the interstate in the 1960s, and more than 50 years of heavy use has taken its toll. Hammond said the agency doesn’t have the staff or cash to fix everything that’s falling apart, and the statewide to-do list just keeps getting bigger.

“As our transportation system has more wear and tear on it, and as we go longer without revenue dollars to just take care of the system that we have, we’re unfortunately going to see more of this kind of thing,” she said.

The idea of a similar accident happening to other motorists doesn’t sit well with Cheryl Gennaios, whose sister was at the wheel when the pavement chunk smashed into her brother-in-law.

“We have to fix these problems and we have to take it seriously,” she said. “You know, a bump in the road really could take you down.”

Road crews laid down a temporary patch within hours of Jessop’s injury, and Hammond said her agency will review the case to see if that stretch of road was slated for repairs.

“Who would think a piece of concrete would fly up off a freeway?” Hammond said. “It’s not a condition we like. It’s not what we want to see our transportation system do or how it should perform.”

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