10/19/2011: San Francisco Region Second In Nation For Deficient Bridges

Federal Funds Fall Short as Need Increases: San Francisco Region Second In Nation For Deficient Bridges

CONTACT: Shannon Tracey, 510-338-2397 (cell) or shannon@transformca.org

WHAT:
"The Fix We're In For: The State of Our Metro Area Bridges."

WHEN:
Wednesday, October 19, 2011 at 10:00 a.m.

WHERE:
San Bruno St at Alameda St, San Francisco Speakers can be made available for additional questions after the press conference

Speaker available for Spanish language interviews if needed

WHO:

  • Mayor Ed Lee, City of San Francisco (invited)
  • Supervisor Ross Mirkarimi, City and County of San Francisco (invited)
  • Manolo González-Estay, Transportation Policy Director, TransForm
  • Randy Rentschler, Director, Legislation and Public Affairs, Metropolitan Transportation Commission (invited)
  • Boe Hayward, Public Policy Consultant, San Francisco Chamber of Commerce
  • Mike Theriault, Secretary-Treasurer, San Francisco Building and Construction Trades Council
  • Dennis Meakin, Business Representative, Ironworkers Local 377


VISUALS:

  • Prominent leaders from the San Francisco region
  • The Highway 101/Bayshore Freeway overpass, the most heavily traveled structurally deficient bridge in San Francisco
  • Workers from the Building and Construction Trades in support of transportation investments to create jobs


OVERVIEW:

On the heels of the sudden closure of a major commuting bridge in Louisville, KY, a new report shows that more than 18,000 of the nation's busiest bridges, clustered in the nation's metro areas, are rated as "structurally deficient." The Fix We're In For: The State of Our Metro-Area Bridges, ranks 102 metro areas in three population categories based on the percentage of deficient bridges.

According to a new report from Transportation for America, the San Francisco metro area is second in the nation in percentage of bridges needing repair, for metro areas above 2 million people.

On Wednesday, October 19, Bay Area leaders representing business, labor, and the public will stand together to urge Congress to allocate sufficient funding to fix dangerous bridges to protect public safety and create jobs for Bay Area workers. Every minute, over 10,000 vehicles cross one of the San Francisco metro area's structurally deficient bridges.

Last month, the Governors of Indiana and Kentucky were forced to close the Sherman Minton Bridge in metro Louisville after inspectors found cracks in its structural beams. Here in the Bay Area, the potential stress from earthquakes makes the public safety threat of crumbling bridges even more severe.

Repairing these bridges is also an opportunity to save money and spur economic recovery. Deferring maintenance of bridges and highways can cost three times as much as preventative repairs (1). Repair work on roads and bridges generates 16% more jobs than new bridge and road construction, too (2).

Investing in repair of our bridges and roads can put people to work now, and ensure that our economy keeps moving in years to come. Congress must prioritize repair and maintenance in the next transportation bill, which is currently being drafted by California Senator Barbara Boxer.