Too Big to Fall—A comprehensive overview of the shocking state of our nation’s infrastructure and what must be done to fix it
In August 2007, the I-35W Bridge in Minneapolis, MN, collapsed, killing 13 and injuring 145 others. Investigations following the tragedy revealed that it could have been prevented. The grave reality is that it is a tragedy that threatens to be repeated at many of the thousands of bridges located across thenation.
In Too Big to Fall: America’s Failing Infrastructure and the Way Forward, author Barry LePatner chronicles the problems that led to the I-35W catastrophe—poor bridge design,shoddy maintenance, ignored expert repair recommendations, and misallocated funding—and digs through the National Transportation Safety Board’s report on the tragedy, which failed to present the full story.
From there LePatner evaluates what the I-35W Bridge collapse means for the country as a whole—outlining the possibility of a nationwide infrastructure breakdown. He exposes government failure on a national as well as state level, explains why we must maintain an effective infrastructure system—including how it plays a central role in supporting both our nation’s economic strength and our national security—and rounds out the book by providing his own well-researched solutions.
Too Big to Fall presents an eye-opening critique of a bureaucratic system that has allowed political best interests to trump those of the American people. Learn more about the book, its message, and the man behind it all by exploring this site.
To learn more about the book, click here
See Barry LePatner in the New York Times’ new video “Living City: A Tale of Two Bridges.”
Learn more about the nation's most dangerous bridges and locate the dangerous bridges in your area with the new Save Our Bridges interactive map.
Recently, Barry LePatner had the honor of speaking at Mobility 21’s 11th Annual Southern California Transportation Summit. To watch his speech or to read a transcript of his speech, please click the links below.
(LePatner’s speech begins at 29:30 mark)
To listen to an interview Barry gave shortly before his presentation, click here.