In President Obama‘s State of the Union speech earlier this month, he enlightened most Americans to the fairly-horrifying fact thatwe have “nearly 70,000 structurally deficient bridges across the country.” Seventy thousand! You’d think at least one or two of those are in our area, and we’re crossing these death traps every day? Well, it’s not as bad as it sounds. According to NBC10, citing a 20-year study by the Reason Foundation, ending in 2008, “the percentage of bridges deemed deficient dropped from about 38 percent to about 24 percent nationally.” In New Jersey, the percentage fell from 28.5 percent to 27.4 percent, Delaware improved their Urban Interstate Congestion by 43.9 percent (though you’d never know it when you drive through that damn state), and Pennslyvania improved in six areas but by small margins (such as a 6.1 percent increase for improvements in rural interstates). In addition, highway fatalaties dropped in all 50 states, though not by any huge margins in our tri-state area. But it’s nice that our roads aren’t that awful, considering how much time we spend on them.
So there you have it: The world is not totally made of shit. Have you got some good news? If so, send it to tips[at]philebrity[dot]com with “GOOD MOTHERFUCKING NEWS!” in the subject header — we’d love to hear about it.