NYS Thruway Authority: Right on Top of that Whole “Maintenance” Mandate

8 Dec

The above is something, but it isn’t modern art.

Rus Thompson was on Bauerle’s show this morning, and on his site explains:

For a few weeks I have been watching as an inspector went up and down each and every concrete pier under the South Grand Island Bridge. He started on the Tonawanda side first then went over to the Grand Island side.

On every pier there are markings, some of them look like jig saw puzzles. Some of the lines are white and some are orange. But they are everywhere on every pier.

Last year a group of concerned citizens attended a regular meeting of the bridge committee at Town Hall. Questions were brought up to the panel concerning structural damage to the bridge supports, bridge bearings, sliding plates and most importantly, rust that for years that has been oozing out of the concrete piers that hold up the Grand Island South Bridge.

My major concern is and always has been the condition of the concrete piers. It is not normal to have rust running down the sides, cracks, chunks of concrete missing, and swelling concrete

It’s not. It looks like the South Grand Island Bridge is up for a lot of … work.

But Rus makes the larger point – the Thruway Authority has said time and time again that toll revenue is needed for bridge maintenance. They sent a guy out to inspect the bridge, and…

Now, this coming year they plan on “Borrowing” over 45 Million to repair and re deck the North bound South Bridge. Apparently now they are planning on repairing the concrete piers, all of them including the bases and the bases that are in the Niagara River.

Wouldn’t you think regular repairs and maintenance over these decades could have prevented all this?

This is completely irresponsible and shows that these bridge tolls are simply a cash cow for the Thruway Authority and Albany.

The Thruway Authority is an incompetent cabal of irresponsible patronage hire liars operating a system mired in 80s-era technology, and most of its money goes for self-preservation. As my 2 year-old would say, all done Thruway Authority. All done.

9 Responses to “NYS Thruway Authority: Right on Top of that Whole “Maintenance” Mandate”

  1. mike December 8, 2008 at 11:15 am #

    Maybe we should just let them fall into the river, then we can get a new modern bridge with less of a sky way feel. They are tall enought to fit the queen mary under it, i know some sail boats have tall masks, but come on were they expecting Lasalle to sail back from the dead? Or how hudson says it LaySalle

  2. STEEL December 8, 2008 at 11:43 am #

    I don’t understand this story. So the picture shows that they are maintaining the bridge but are being criticized for not maintaining the bridge? Huh?

  3. mike December 8, 2008 at 11:51 am #

    Steel slapping a paint job on it every two years really isnt maintence, maybe some chalk stick figures and smiley faces would help you understand it better.

  4. STEEL December 8, 2008 at 12:12 pm #

    Mike,

    The picture shows prep work for maintenance. Concrete work like this is typical for concrete structures this old. (especially exposed to harsh conditions live this. I am not sure what the point is.

  5. Timothy Domst December 8, 2008 at 4:59 pm #

    Steel the point is using tolls for things other than maintenance, like high salaries of useless people, then borrowing 45 million to do what the toll money should have done. Staying in debt is how they justify toll increases; if they ran the Authority responsibly they might get folded back into the general budget, but since they stay in debt the hacks in Albany want them separate so they don’t help contribute to the deficit. They get to keep their jobs running the Authority that shouldn’t exist.

  6. STEEL December 8, 2008 at 6:13 pm #

    Well then a better illustration might be a balance sheet that shows waste in the system. It is just kind of odd to complain about no maintenance by showing maintenance being done. Nothing in any of the pictures shown is out of the ordinary for a structure this large and this old.

    I certainly don’t approve of waste in government but I do think charging people to use a road like this is a great and fair way of paying for infrastructure.

  7. Eisenbart December 8, 2008 at 10:48 pm #

    authority: We are upping the tolls!

    taxpayer: Why do we even pays tolls in the first place?

    authority: To maintain the bridges.

    taxpayer: Alright I guess.

    Months later….

    authority: We need to raise the tolls!!!

    taxpayers: Why?

    authority: We need to do maintenance work on the bridges.

    taxpayers: That’s pretty retarded considering how irresponsible you are with your finances. Have you looked into cutting costs?

    authority: How dare you question my authority!!! The safety of people that use these bridges must be protected!

    ::taxpayers cry to state::

    ::authority cry to the state::

    ::The tolls are increased to cover the cost of the maintenance.::

    Less than a year later….

    Authority: Need to borrow money to pay for maintenance of the bridges. Thanks in advance.

    taxpayer: wtf?

    Is that clear enough?

  8. jen December 9, 2008 at 10:01 am #

    Eisenbart that was perfect!!!!

    Where is our money going Thruway Authority? To pay lavish perks and salaries?

  9. Frank P December 13, 2008 at 8:31 am #

    Don’t be fooled by rhetoric and unintelligent ideas. Double or even triple the tolls, for all, therby lessening the traffic on our island.

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