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BRIDGES.
The Genoa bridge disaster has set me thinking.
Many concrete bridges were built in the 1950’s and 60’s both in war torn Europe and here in the booming United States.
The belief then was that concrete had a working life of well over 100 years.
But today engineers estimate that working life to be more like 60 years.
It is hard for Governments to fund infrastructural maintenance and renovation. There are few sound bites or votes in such everyday work. Many administrations are heavily in debt so that raising additional funds is difficult.
Italy has a national debt that is 130% of its annual GDP. 8 of the 28 EU member states have debt that is more than 90% of GDP – as indeed does the United States.
So it is unlikely that even a tragedy on the scale of Genoa will change the brutal realities of local politics in these nations.
Expect more disasters.
Have a good day.