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For months now, many in Germany have watched on with envy as the US makes great strides in vaccinating its population against COVID-19. Adding insult to injury, US President Joe Biden also recently unveiled a plan to invest $2 trillion (€1.7 trillion) in the country's infrastructure.

Decades of neglect on top of growing demand have left a large share of Germany's complex network of roads and railroads in need of rehabilitation. Germany's autobahn and train lines are overburdened by the volume of modern-day traffic. Around metropolitan areas, traffic jams and train delays are routine. Travelers are used to weighing the risk of spending hours caught in traffic against the likelihood of train delays. According to a recent survey from broadcaster SWR, 40% of people in Germany also feel the government hasn't done enough for cyclists.

Around 11,000 of Germany's 25,000 rail bridges are over 100 years old. Some 4% of them are in unsatisfactory condition and represent a rehabilitation value of €7.3 billion, according to 2021 reports from the website Behoerden Spiegel, citing data from the federal government.
Germany's waterways tell a similar story: Many bridges, locks and dams are old and in need of repair.

Despite its status as one of the world's most advanced economies, slow or spotty internet connectivity remains a frustration in Germany.

For years, Germany's federal government has adhered to spending policies guided by the "black zero," a commitment to a balanced budget and to not taking on new debt.
While this strategy might be second nature to a society wary of taking out credit, in practice it has led to a significant lack of investment in infrastructure.



https://www.dw.com/en/us-businesses-less-willing-to-invest-i...
Whatever is behind the recent plunge in foreign investment in Germany, the country needs to work on its infrastructure and digitization strategy to stay strong, according to a new report by KPMG.

Frank Sportolari, the president of the US Chamber of Commerce in Germany, agrees that more needs to be done. "The signals have been out there for a few years. American companies have been talking about the problems with digital infrastructure, energy costs, bureaucracy, and interestingly one of the positives they always mentioned was political stability — and now we can't even really talk about that anymore."


With Merkel stepping down, the German election for a new chancellor should be very interesting. A new direction for Germany or a continuation of Merkel's policies?
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"The signals have been out there for a few years. American companies have been talking about the problems with digital infrastructure, energy costs, bureaucracy, and interestingly one of the positives they always mentioned was political stability — and now we can't even really talk about that anymore."


PERK!

Tim
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Decades of neglect on top of growing demand have left a large share of Germany's complex network of roads and railroads in need of rehabilitation.

Same neglect in the US, since at least the 80s. Pols keep talking about fixing the roads. Michigan's current Gov make "fix the da#$ roads" the centerpiece of her campaign in 18.

I remember, in the 80s, when, in spite of politician hot air, money in the Federal highway trust fund was not spent to help paper over a deficit created by throwing money at the "job creators".

In Michigan, a few years ago, voters approved of a plan to increase fuel and registration fees, to "fix the roads". What happened? Fees and taxes went up all right, but a corresponding amount of money from general revenue was withdrawn from road funding and given to the "job creators". Until the plague hit, the (L&Ss) in the legislature had one objective: set the Gov up to fail, so there was no progress on road improvement.

There was supposed to be a big Federal infrastructure program in 2017. CAT was one of the stocks bid up in anticipation. Didn't happen. The money was given to the "job creators" instead.

I don't see anything happening at the Federal level wrt infrastructure this time either.

Steve
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What happened to all the 'Shovel-Ready' Infrastructure Projects from the 2009 Stimulus Bill?

Mirage or delusion?

https://www.city-journal.org/on-infrastructure-biden-is-repe...

“Shovel ready” was nonsense in 2009 and remains so in 2021. Public hearings and zoning decisions hold up projects for months, sometimes years, and environmental considerations sometimes take even longer. As in 2009, there will certainly be employment opportunities for bureaucrats, consultants, and lawyers in the short term, but not for the guys with the shovels. Consequently, the urgent need for overdue refurbishment will have to wait as well. The only structures that went up promptly in 2009 were billboards announcing Obama’s grand plans. Such billboards are already popping up now with Biden’s picture on them.

Predictions that the spending would “jump start” the economy also failed miserably in 2009.

The Biden plan has still another flaw. New roads and bridges need constant maintenance, as do recharging stations for electric cars and modernized homes and factories. The plan leans on corporate tax hikes to pay for the initial building but offers no provisions for how America will maintain all this new infrastructure.
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The Biden plan has still another flaw. New roads and bridges need constant maintenance, as do recharging stations for electric cars and modernized homes and factories. The plan leans on corporate tax hikes to pay for the initial building but offers no provisions for how America will maintain all this new infrastructure.


Oh so nothing will ever be built again? Got it. Cancel that Gordy Howe bridge.


Good Grief!!!!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CZ7QAmkdiKE

Tim
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Around 11,000 of Germany's 25,000 rail bridges are over 100 years old. Some 4% of them are in unsatisfactory condition and represent a rehabilitation value of €7.3 billion, according to 2021 reports from the website Behoerden Spiegel, citing data from the federal government.

Germany's waterways tell a similar story: Many bridges, locks and dams are old and in need of repair.

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LOL!

Germany's infrastructure may need some repairs, but it is nowhere near the absolute deterioration of the American infrastructure. Compare America's proposed infrastructure bill of over $2 trillion to Germany's proposed infrastructure repairs of $324 billion. And Germany will get more for their money than America.

Jaak
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Tj asks: What happened to all the 'Shovel-Ready' Infrastructure Projects from the 2009 Stimulus Bill?

Here in Texas, there has been an increase in secondary highways, State highways, FMs, RMs, RRs, that are undergoing widening, upgraded bridges and shoulders, rebuilt road base, and upgraded surface, etc.
Following 2009, the "Mexicans" on the work crews disappeared, and white workers appeared. I see very few Black workers. When I've asked, the workers seem to be from "out of state", ie contract workers who follow the job.

There is of course the perpetual major highway construction.

Over the last decade, many small towns benefited with upgraded water and sewer systems.

😷
ralph

FM Farm to Market.
RM ranch to Market.
RR ranch road.
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With Merkel stepping down, the German election for a new chancellor should be very interesting. A new direction for Germany or a continuation of Merkel's policies?


Fwiw, there has been quite a mudfight over the lead candidate position between two older guys from Merkel‘s party CDU and its Bavarian partner CSU.

Right into the middle of this the Green party (who has been gaining popularity without fighting too hard recently) today announced their candidate, a 40 year-young woman (brilliant tactical move IMHO whatever your take on her might be).

Merkel’s image has been damaged recently by very slow vaccination progress, political infighting with the states, and the Corona crisis highlighting the deficits in e.g. Germany‘s digital infrastructure, a result of decades-long neglect.

So the Greens may have a good chance getting into the lead later this year, which would likely result in climate change becoming the primary policy topic. That said, it‘s too early to tell, now the other parties are probably forced to come up with plans for serious reforms, too.

SB
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Oh so nothing will ever be built again? Got it
Maintenance does extend the life of infrastructure.
For example the Golden Gate Bridge is painted periodically.
Delaying or not doing maintenance is a road to ruin.
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For example the Golden Gate Bridge is painted periodically.

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The GG bridge is painted continuously from one end to the other.

Jaak
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Delaying or not doing maintenance is a road to ruin.

Do you always argue with yourself?
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Compare America's proposed infrastructure bill of over $2 trillion to Germany's proposed infrastructure repairs of $324 billion.

Note that only a third to a half of the $2 trillion would be for actual infrastructure. Also, the economies and populations are quite different.

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Delaying or not doing maintenance is a road to ruin.

A prime example is the Silver bridge over the Ohio River. Built in 1928. Collapsed in 1967. 46 killed during rush hour traffic. A combination of 2 causes:1)failure of engineers to anticipate that cars & commercial trucks would weight much more in the future 2)Poor maintenance
https://time.com/4721118/deadliest-us-bridge-collapses-atlan...


Nearly 40 years of corrosion in the steel had triggered a fracture that ripped the eyebar from its pin. The weight of the bridge proves too much for the remaining eyebar, pulling it with an extreme force that tears the link apart. The failure of this single point triggers an unexpected domino effect, causing the entire bridge to collapse.

In the United States alone, around 18,000 bridges have been identified as “fracture critical.” This means if one component fails, part or all of the bridge would probably collapse.
https://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/video/west-virginia-silver-bri...
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