This Is The News That’s Not Important

State of the Union promises

It’s
Saturday, May 18th and this is the news that’s not important.

Today I’m introducing a special segment on President Obama’s State of the Union- are they keeping promises?

All week long our bloggers research one promise from President Obama’s State of the Union, and report. This weeks promise- maintaing pre-existent infrastructure, like bridges- using what’s there when possible instead of constructing new.

This in the news that’s not important.

In Norfolk, the Daily News reports on the construction start of two bridges in phase 3 of a 3 phase operation. Phase two has been delayed. The first of the two new bridges will go over a road, the second over a RR track. Phase 2 of the project is facing delays as migratory birds will be left unimpeded thru late August.

This is the news that’s not important.

In St. Louis, KTVI reports a new bridge will soon be completed. Over 2,200 pieces of steel girder will have been assembled on the New Blanchette bridge two and a half months ahead of schedule. Great news for St. Louis, but –
this is the news that’s unimportant.

In Terrytown NY, CBS reports constant noise coming from the New Tuppen Zee bridge construction. Pile drivers have been the subject of numerous complaints. When asked about the noise, sources reply- it’s like we have a train track right beneath us, it’s louder then the diesel trucks going by.

In other news that’s not important- in Francistown NH the Union Leader.com reports on a temporary bridge project to reopen ‘the second NH turnpike’, that was closed in late December while rebuilding efforts for the state funded effort are refinanced.

In the President’s home state of Illinois, Katrina Lamansky reports that a bridge in Illinois on I-80 into Iowa is being extensively cleaned and repaired.
True also in Greenetownship, Syracuse, and Twin Falls. Twin Falls has launched a rebuilding effort on I-84 into Idaho. Of course there’s a lot of bridge maintainance going on throughout the country, but there do however seem to be an awful lot of new bridges – but after all-

THIS IS THE NEWS THAT’S NOT IMPORTANT

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