Time to invest in Virginia's bridgesYes. Money that had been allocated back in 2005 to be exact. $295,000,000,000 of it to be exact.
Bristol Herald Courier editorial
Southwest Virginia’s 368 substandard and defective bridges aren’t a safety hazard – at least not yet.
The Virginia Department of Transportation recently released its bridge report card. Each of the state’s 20,838 bridges and culverts earned a grade; 1,746 – including the 368 subpar spans in this region – didn’t pass.
And Southwest Virginia seems to have more than its share of needy bridges. Scott County, alone, has 68 deficient bridges – the most of any local entity. Washington County comes in next at 49.
The problem, of course, comes down to money. (link)
Oh wait. Our portion of that bridge repair money went to that Blue Ridge Music Center instead. About which our congressman is mighty proud.
What was that about substandard and defective bridges again?
I hope you don't have far to drive to see them boys a'pickin' and a'grinnin' over in Galax.