Thursday, March 8, 2012

Future Bridge Project?

Occasionally, on his "days off" Allen visits the sites of potential future bridge projects. The bridge above was photographed on one such scouting trip. At first glance, it doesn't appear to be in such bad shape. There's our Land Cruiser crossing it now!

Hmmmmm. Viewed from a different angle, one can clearly see that the bridge isn't exactly level . . .

A closer look reveals a rather large crack developing between the near side of the bridge and the ground . . .

. . . and zooming in reveals even worse problems on the far side!

Yikes! Clearly, erosion is in the process of bringing this bridge crashing down!

This bridge isn't scheduled for replacement at this time. Since people can still cross it, there are other river crossing which are considered higher priority. This bridge is on a rather heavily traveled road, so when the bridge does fall, the travel of about 30,000 people will be disrupted. The detour around this bridge would take about four hours of driving.


Anonymous said...

My question is ---

When you come up on a bridge like this...

do you go v-e-r-y s-l-o-w-l-y and as carefully as possible?


do you go AS FAST AS YOU POSSIBLY CAN!!! so you're over to the other side as fast as possible?


Trish said...

Hey Johanna,

I asked Allen your question. He said, "On occasion, I do get out and look at a bridge before driving across it. Honestly, I usually just drive across, figuring that somebody else has probably pushed the limits of this bridge harder than I'm going to push it."

Does that answer your question, more or less? LOL