Friday, June 10, 2005

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Trucks banned, curbed, on NY bridges

Trucks banned, curbed, on NY bridges

June 10, 2005

By Richard Kuper

The Op Ed Page

According to an article in the NY Daily News (Truck curb on 2 ailing bridges,, "Heavy trucks are being banned from the Whitestone Bridge and restricted on the Throgs Neck Bridge because of concerns over the spans' sturdiness." If one reads all the way to the end of the article, one finds the following statement:

"[T]he problems with the two bridges - as well as with some 300 other bridges with repair needs across the state - underscore the need for the $2.9 billion transportation bond act that will go before voters in November. [T]he potentially higher cost of consumer goods amounts to "the kind of indirect tax that happens when government doesn't maintain the roads and bridges.""

So here is my question (and probably yours too):
Where the heck is all the toll money going if it is not going toward maintenance and repairs?