Broken Bridges Theory (Dan McNichol, PhD): The deterioration of a nation’s vital infrastructure signals a demise of governmental effectiveness. The neglect of key structures by its governing bodies indicates gridlock amongst political leaders. When the deterioration of: drinking water plants, school buildings, power grids, highways, railways, airports and others forms goes uncorrected, a signal is transmitted that further neglect is acceptable.
A reversal of the downward spiral is achieved through real and noticeable improvements – especially to bridges. When broken bridges are repaired or replaced, when bridges with reduced weight limits, slower speed limits and closed lanes are reopened to full service a rising sense of communal worth begets improvements to other vital structures.