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Too Big to Fall: America's Failing Infrastructure and the Way Forward

3.07 of 5 stars 3.07  ·  rating details  ·  14 ratings  ·  4 reviews
In August 2007, the I-35W Bridge in Minneapolis collapsed, killing 13 people and injuring 145 others. Investigations following the tragedy revealed that it was not an unavoidable accident, but one that could have been prevented--and one that threatens to be repeated at many thousands of bridges located across the nation. Already more than 50 percent of our bridges are past ...more
Hardcover, 234 pages
Published November 9th 2010 by Foster Pub. in Association with University Press of New England (first published October 12th 2010)
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A bit too policy-wonkish in the second half for my tastes, and unfortunately the worldwide financial mess has just about assured that nothing will get done anytime soon - bridges and other infrastructure will just keep falling down and sinking.

The first half is an interesting (if scary) read -- a lot more infrastructure has already collapsed in the US than I was certainly aware of, and a lot more is known to be sub-standard and waiting to fall down (about 25%). I guess in the meantime I'll try
Andy Doyle
The author has obviously done his homework on the topic. However, the last few chapters of the book seem to wander a little from point to point. The author seems to even contradict himself from time to time. His chapter on the way forward presents very few real world solutions.

This is a good introductory book into bridge management and inspection in the United States, but it doesn't really present a whole picture.
Derek Walker

Very alarming book. Great presentation. I really liked the section on PPPs and the section on technology. Wouldn't mind getting ahold of some of that self-healing epoxy!
2nd read, after I saw the movie, better understanding. English.
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