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This is going to screw up traffic

Discussion in 'General' started by Banditracer, Mar 26, 2024.

  1. tony 340

    tony 340 Well-Known Member

    I'm doubt there is a bridge that can sustain that kind of force without some damage
  2. Spang308

    Spang308 Well-Known Member

    There isn't. It was a design flaw to not put structures around the pilings to prevent them from being contacted by a ship, but that's 20/20 hindsight in this case. DE has been working on surrounding the framewark of the DE Mem. bridge since 2018ish. Money has been granted and engineering done already, so I'd bet the timeline gets accelerated a bit now.
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  3. HPPT

    HPPT !!!

    I crossed that on a motorcycle once. Once.
    Chesapeake Bay, I didn't really have any other practical options. So it reluctantly happened a few times. But DM: once. That was enough.
  4. Mike Fennell

    Mike Fennell Never Was

    I think the Millard E Tydings bridge 10 or 15 miles south is worse. I was in MD one windy day when it was blocked in both directions by blown over tractor trailers shortly after I drove over it. Then trees fell across I-40. The final route north was Rt 1. My wife is a lot smarter than me - after the trucks blew over, she suggested I should just get a hotel room. By the time the day ended every hotel for miles was full.
  5. tony 340

    tony 340 Well-Known Member

    I did the mackinac I75 bridge on bike a few times. Thats all I got

    5 miles. That bridge has sliders on each end ....I think it moves something like 6 feet side to side. I think they have full time drivers that'll drive your vehicle for you if you ask.

    We did a snowmobile trip up there one winter and had to get motels for the night. Bridge had 200lb ice blocks that were falling on cars and busting the shit outta them so they closed it.
  6. Spang308

    Spang308 Well-Known Member

    I crossed it a few times riding to the NJMP MA round. Didn't bother me much.
  7. Jed

    Jed mellifluous

    The old Coope River Bridge in Charleston. I still have nightmares about that thing.
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  8. CBRRRRR999

    CBRRRRR999 Well-Known Member

    Best thing to happen to that bridge was being torn down and made into an artificial reef.
    I crushed grouper and lionfish on the rubble.
    It was an eyesore and sketchy AF.
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  9. pickled egg

    pickled egg Tell me more

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  10. brex

    brex Well-Known Member

    Hell, I get sketched out by the short and simple bridge at the Hoover dam and it's only just over a quarter mile long.
    I greatly preferred the slower drive across the damn dam.
    That bridge is way the fuck up there.
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  11. Spang308

    Spang308 Well-Known Member

    Why? Ain't like no boats are messing with that one. You're safe. Plus it's 20 seconds or less from side to side...pretty too.
  12. brex

    brex Well-Known Member

    I hate heights. The bridge just gets to me.
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  13. 27

    27 Well-Known Member

    When I was young there was a 3 rope swinging bridge they called it… about 100ft above the ravine in Appalachia to get a family cabin

    I’ll try to find a pic of it or another but it’s a bottom rope with a single width board, like a 1”x4” on top with a “handle rope” on each side to hang on to… there were only sporadic vertical ropes connecting the three… that’s the sketchiest bridge I’ve ever crossed… don’t think you would’ve liked it much :D
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  14. 2blueYam

    2blueYam Track Day Addict

    Looks like a limited number of smaller ships and barges are able to enter and exit the harbor now through a new marked channel under a section of the bridge that did not collapse. That is at least a good first step. Clearing the main channel for the large ships is going to take a while.
  15. cav115

    cav115 Well-Known Member

    Understand that. Thought maybe they could drag it out of the way to open the port and work on it there.
  16. auminer

    auminer Renaissance Redneck

    Wartime footing, and peacetime graft-and union oriented situation are an apples and kiwifruit comparison.
  17. John Branch

    John Branch 90125

    There is a gas/oil pipeline down underneath.
  18. HPPT

    HPPT !!!

    It's not as if I got close to parking it than asking for rescue or anything. There was just a very uncomfortable feeling the whole time. Strangely, part of what freaked me out was how wide it was. Can't explain it. I felt like an ant on it.
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  20. BrentA

    BrentA Very expensive.

    Totally just jogged my memory of sketchy bridges... Find a lot of these in western NC:
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