PITTSBURGH: A bridge collapse in Pittsburgh on Friday provided a symbolic backdrop for President Joe Biden’s trip to the city to tout his $1 trillion infrastructure plan — and try rebuilding his own crumbling approval ratings.

Arriving in the gritty city in Pennsylvania — a key battleground state in presidential elections — Biden motorcaded straight from Air Force One to the road bridge, which hours earlier had buckled into a snowy ravine.

“There are literally more bridges in Pittsburgh than in any other city in the world,” Biden pronounced. “And we’re going to fix them all. Not a joke — this is going to be a gigantic change. There’s 43,000 nationwide and we’re sending the money.”

Pittsburgh’s public safety authorities tweeted that three people were hospitalised with non-life-threatening injuries after the collapse.

But the otherwise minor accident immediately caught national attention because of Biden’s visit for a speech on resetting the post-pandemic US economy, including through a historic infrastructure spending splurge.

Published in Dawn, January 29th, 2022

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