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An Extraordinary Account, An Aggressive Timetable, And A Useful Novel

Thursday, August 2, 2007  |  posted by Hugh Hewitt

Sisyphus was an eyewitness to the bridge collapse, and provided this extraordinary account to Fraters Libertas.

Lileks is also proving the wisdom of the Star Tribune in installing him at

On the subject of how quickly a new bridge can rise:


Your earlier caller had it right. CC Myers is a great company. He did have built-in incentives and he brought his projects in well in advance of the time estimates.

The Northridge Earthquake Freeway collapse was repaired in 66 days, from contract to completion, 77 days ahead of schedule. The I-580/880 repair was completed in 26 days!

If the politicians and environmentalists get out of the way, this bridge can be up by Christmas. If CC Myers does it, then sooner.


Both Congressman John Kline and Congresswoman Michelle Bachman were my guests this evening, and they emphasized that there’s a significant amount of barge traffic north of that bridge, primarily agricultural, which will also be impeded by the repair effort. (Here’s a look at the lock traffic for commercial vehicles just north of the collapsed bridge from yesterday.) Once the recovery effort is complete, Governor Pawlenty ought to demand and receive the authority he needs to manage the repair and reconstruction effort in record time.

Finally, Professor David Allen White suggests that Thorton Wilder’s Pulitzer-prize winning The Bridge of San Luis Rey is a novel that will be of help to those disoriented by this tragedy. A different century, a different country, but, he says, believable human characters confront the collapse of a bridge and the apparently senseless rationing out of incredible sorrow and extraordinary good fortune.

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