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Re: Renovating the Brooklyn Bridge with new implantation of earthquake-proof additions 1 Victoria 10 Anywhere Lane Nowhere, NJ 12345 February 26, 2010 Sheila R. Duwadi Bridge Safety, Reliability, and Security Team 1200 New Jersey Ave. S.E. Washington, DC 20590-9898 Re: Renovating the Brooklyn Bridge with new implantation of earthquake-proof additions Dear Ms. Sheila R. Duwadi, As the main head of the division of Bridge Safety, Reliability, and Security Team of the Federal Highway Administration, I am sure you are well aware of the problems regarding the United State’s bridges’ construction and durability. With some research, I found that you have been a co-author to many scholarly journals pertaining to the safety of certain types of girders and their capability of working on certain structures. Being that you have interest in fixing today’s infrastructure and are involved with this current issue, I believe your help will benefit the bridges in the Tri-State area of New York. In response to the fall of the I-35W Bridge in Minneapolis, the quality of bridge construction has been scrutinized. In a recent news report from the Star Tribune, it was devised that the entire event that elapsed was “unnecessary” and should not have occurred. A project engineer stated the cause of the collapse was due to an immense amount of strain on one primary beam (Foti, 2009).This is just one of a few major collapses that have occurred in the country over the past several years. A majority of the time, these structures fall to the ground due to an excess amount of weight or because of specific wind dynamics. In the journal, Fixing America’s Crumbling Infrastructure: A Call to Action for All, Marcuson said that “[m]ore than 1 in 4 bridges in the United States is structurally deficient or functionally obsolete” (2008, p.474). This percentage is alarming, but with much work and dedication that I know you strive for, and with assistance from me, we can turn this from an issue into not one at all. What is the problem we are facing? Structurally deficient bridges have been heard to cause problems throughout the country. Although, these objects may be eye-catching, they do have their downfalls. One major problem they face is the slow decaying process that occurs over the years. Most bridges are created so that they can stand for 100+ years, but sometimes this is not possible. In recent years, the government and the Federal Highway Administration have paid close attention to most bridges that span the United States. Not only are they watching closely, but even the ASCE (American Society of Civil Engineers) has mentioned its disappointment in the bridges of today. It was noted that “[t]he ASCE’s most recent Report Card for America’s Infrastructure assigned 15
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Re: Renovating the Brooklyn Bridge with new implantation of earthquake-proof additions 2 critical infrastructure categories an overall grade of D,” (Marcuson, 2008, p.473) which is inferring there is a problem that must be addressed in the near future.
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