Be proactive, not reactive
While it is clear that the U.S. government is cutting back its expenditures, is it wise to cut funds to our main means of transportation? This bridge collapse was a major inconvenience for people moving along the West Coast, but it was not nearly as bad as it could have been [“Feds provide $15.6 million to replace collapsed Skagit Bridge span,” seattletimes.com, June 13]. But what about the next collapse?
While the “$240 billion” required “to replace every bridge that rated as deficient,” may seem like a high cost, the safety of drivers is extremely important. People drive everywhere and they are dependent on roads to get there. Our economy also relies heavily on these infrastructures for trade.
The bridges show that it is necessary for the government to be proactive rather then reactive. It must look out for the best interests of its citizens. We don’t want to look back and say we could have done something to prevent a greater tragedy from happening.
Andrew Saiki, Bellevue