What Say To $150,000 In Porkulus For A Bridge To Nowhere?

And I do mean a bridge to actually nowhere. Here’s the stetup

A historic stone arch bridge that received more than $150,000 in federal stimulus funds this year has fallen short of some people’s expectations — mainly because it doesn’t go anywhere.

The bridge, which dates back to the 1860s, ends in a sheer, 8-foot drop after it crosses the Contoocook River. Traffic no longer crosses the span, which parallels a modern bridge near the intersection of Routes 202 and 149.

According to Recovery.gov, the government website that tracks spending through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, the town of Hillsborough received $150,045 in stimulus funding to repair the bridge.

Now, the town of Hillsborough, New Hampshire, was going to spend a total of $270K to fix the bridge anyhow, they just used the Stimulus money to help out. But, wait, do you want the kicker? You sure? OK, here it comes, but, first, let’s see what the bridge looks like today, via the story

Hillsborough Bridge

Love the guard rails, especially the ones at the the end. It’s a pretty shade of white, though, eh? Bright, shining stone. And here’s the kicker

So, essentially, your grandkids’ tax dollars paid for a bit of stone work, shining the stonework, and guard rails. Feel better? No? How about checking the Google street view, which seems to be pre-Porkulus? Swing around the compass a bit, as a small screen capture just wouldn’t do credit (nice looking town, though. Seriously. Always loved that rural look). Yes, that’s right, it does pretty much go nowhere, and, even if completed, would still go nowhere. How’s that hope and change working out for ya?

Related, we find out about Stimulus money being used for eco-friendly snitching garbage cans.

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4 Responses to “What Say To $150,000 In Porkulus For A Bridge To Nowhere?”

  1. captainfish says:

    Hey, at least it looks nice. Am sure that they had to put a road in in order to remodel the bridge, right?

    Wonder how much it would have cost to just tear the “bridge” down?

  2. John Ryan says:

    well Captain Fish the people in Hillsborough love their old bridges they have 5 of these stone arch bridges and all are registered withe the US National Park service Four of the five bridges, all dry stone laid without mortar, are still in use.The bridge that Teach has pictured will not be used to carry traffic although it did so from 1866 to 2002. It was restored to be used as the centerpiece of a garden park.http://www.hillsboroughnhchamber.com/bridges.html Teach I bet that makes your blood boil a PUBLIC PARK !! Why that’s SOCIALISM parks should be privately owned right ? like 6 Flags.?
    Of course Sarah’s “Bridge to Nowhere” was projected to cost 400,000,000 dollars just a tad bit more than this cost of 150,000
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gravina_Island_Bridge

  3. captainfish says:

    Either way, or for whatever purpose, MY tax dollars should not have been used for a local “bridge” restoration. Or partial-restoration.

  4. And Palin was wrong, John. Nice deflection.

    Parks are great. A small rural park, which still hasn’t been built, should not be paid for with tax money from citizens in other states. Furthermore, notice the dates from your cited webpage: 2006. As of 2009, it still wasn’t converted to a park, as you can see from the Google street view.

    It’s fine if it is restored. I like historical things. I love traveling to places and seeing them. But, I do not want my tax money to pay for stuff in other states. Let the towns pay for it.

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