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Traffic chaos after bridge the size of a football field COLLAPSES onto the main freeway from Los..
UK Daily Mail ^ | May 6, 2014 | James Gordon

Posted on 05/06/2014 10:51:17 AM PDT by C19fan

For almost a year and a half workers had been constructing a bridge to cross the main Interstate that runs between Los Angeles and Las Vegas, but it took just minutes to bring the entire structure crashing to the ground. The blaze began after a construction workers' blowtorch was fanned by strong winds and ignited the wooden scaffolding that was being used to build the new flyover, across Interstate 15 in Herperia, California. Driven by high winds, the fire took hold extremely quickly and began burning the supports surrounding the bridge. Debris began to fell onto the I-15 minutes after the fire began, the road was eventually closed to traffic at 1:30pm yesterday as the $32 million construction project slowly turned into a pile of ash and twisted metal.

(Excerpt) Read more at dailymail.co.uk ...


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Outdoors; Travel
KEYWORDS: bridge; california; dontkillthejob; hesperia; la; look4theunionlabel; michaelmoorecrossing; rosiewashere; southerncalifornia; whoops
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1 posted on 05/06/2014 10:51:17 AM PDT by C19fan
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To: C19fan

What a mess. $58 million dollars down the drain.


2 posted on 05/06/2014 10:53:51 AM PDT by catbertz
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To: C19fan

Caused by Climate Disruption.


3 posted on 05/06/2014 10:54:07 AM PDT by AU72
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To: C19fan

How NOT to build a bridge.


4 posted on 05/06/2014 10:54:16 AM PDT by VideoDoctor
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To: C19fan

Look for the Union label.


5 posted on 05/06/2014 10:56:11 AM PDT by Obadiah (I like Krabby Patties.)
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To: VideoDoctor

Debris began “to fell”

I guess grammar and syntax were missing during this reporters correspondence college training.


6 posted on 05/06/2014 10:57:15 AM PDT by Mouton (The insurrection laws perpetuate what we have for a government now.)
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To: C19fan
Oopsie...


7 posted on 05/06/2014 10:59:06 AM PDT by null and void ( They don't think think they are above the law. They think they are the law.)
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To: Mouton

Not only that, it’s Hesperia, not Herperia.


8 posted on 05/06/2014 10:59:09 AM PDT by proxy_user
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To: C19fan; Salamander; Daffynition
Herperia, California

Ooops. Well they might have a few snakes out that way.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hesperia,_California

9 posted on 05/06/2014 10:59:42 AM PDT by Ezekiel (All who mourn the destruction of America merit the celebration of her rebirth.)
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To: AU72

LOL!

I hope nobody was hurt.


10 posted on 05/06/2014 11:00:24 AM PDT by eyedigress ((zOld storm chaser from the west)/ ?s)
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To: C19fan

Darn global warming/sarc


11 posted on 05/06/2014 11:00:36 AM PDT by Sarah Barracuda
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To: C19fan

YYaaaYY, California! You can’t do anything right. Why?


12 posted on 05/06/2014 11:01:30 AM PDT by Safetgiver ( Islam makes barbarism look genteel.)
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To: C19fan

Collapse is such a harsh word. We construction guys prefer the term “sudden gravitational disassembly.”


13 posted on 05/06/2014 11:01:35 AM PDT by Dogfaced Soldier
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To: C19fan

A blow-torch? How primitive!


14 posted on 05/06/2014 11:01:46 AM PDT by spel_grammer_an_punct_polise (What we need is to sucker the fedthugs into a "Tiananmen Square"-like incident on the National Mall!)
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To: Mouton
I guess grammar and syntax were missing during this reporters correspondence college training.

Perhaps English isn't the reporter's primary language, an H-1B or an L-1, maybe?

15 posted on 05/06/2014 11:03:18 AM PDT by null and void ( They don't think think they are above the law. They think they are the law.)
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To: C19fan

Until cleared up, this situation is gonna screw up truck traffic patterns all over SoCal....inbound on I-40, which merges with that I-15, will instead take State Route 95 south at the Arizona/Kalifornia state line and drop south onto the I-10 and then be able to access Los Angeles that way — but that’s something like a 100 mile detour.


16 posted on 05/06/2014 11:05:45 AM PDT by ErnBatavia (The 0baMao Experiment: Abject Failure)
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To: C19fan

Why do we always have to learn this stuff from the foreign press? Why do we even have a US press corps?


17 posted on 05/06/2014 11:06:18 AM PDT by The_Republic_Of_Maine (Be kept informed on Maine's secession, sign up at freemaine@hushmail.com)
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To: C19fan

Was George Bush seen in the vicinity?


18 posted on 05/06/2014 11:07:45 AM PDT by FreedomGuru (Time for torches and pitchforks.)
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To: C19fan

Bush’s fault.


19 posted on 05/06/2014 11:07:58 AM PDT by lacrew (Mr. Soetoro, we regret to inform you that your race card is over the credit limit.)
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To: FreedomGuru

Beat me by 13 seconds.


20 posted on 05/06/2014 11:08:50 AM PDT by lacrew (Mr. Soetoro, we regret to inform you that your race card is over the credit limit.)
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To: null and void

It’s too arid out there to use wood scaffolding. You need to use metal scaffolds...unless it isn’t your money building it.


21 posted on 05/06/2014 11:09:44 AM PDT by Southack (The one thing preppers need from the 1st World? http://tinyurl.com/ktfwljc .)
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To: C19fan

But the famous metallurgist Rosie O’Donnell assured us that fire can’t melt steel.


22 posted on 05/06/2014 11:10:11 AM PDT by Hillarys Gate Cult (Liberals make unrealistic demands on reality and reality doesn't oblige them.)
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To: C19fan

For the guilty party, the only honorable thing to do is to commit suicide by jumping off a bridge.

Oh, wait...

LOL! Hope no one was hurt, but man, oh, MAN is that going to leave a mark on his resume. Unless he’s a Democrat. If so, he’ll be promoted to Project Manager when they re-build.

*SNORT*


23 posted on 05/06/2014 11:10:29 AM PDT by Diana in Wisconsin (I don't have 'Hobbies.' I'm developing a robust Post-Apocalyptic skill set...)
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To: C19fan

Chris Christie walked across it?


24 posted on 05/06/2014 11:11:32 AM PDT by mgpilot
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To: null and void

“reduced the bridge’s wooden support structure to ash and caused steel girders to sag into the freeway below”

Rosie said that can’t happen! Fire can’t do that!


25 posted on 05/06/2014 11:11:39 AM PDT by Dr. Bogus Pachysandra ( Ya can't pick up a turd by the clean end!)
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To: C19fan

The beams were all going to be cast in place with formwork.

Should have used steel or precast. Length does not seem to be overly long.

Was this job a minority set aside or something? A year plus to build formwork?

Evidently, the concept of a fire team is unknown to this contractor.


26 posted on 05/06/2014 11:11:54 AM PDT by exit82 ("The Taliban is on the inside of the building" E. Nordstrom 10-10-12)
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To: proxy_user
Kinda liked the Herp....reference!!

Lot's of reptiles running around there!!!

27 posted on 05/06/2014 11:12:02 AM PDT by Osage Orange (I have strong feelings about gun control. If there's a gun around, I want to be controlling it.)
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To: null and void; Darksheare; no-to-illegals; NicknamedBob; NoCmpromiz

What was going to take the weight of the concrete as they began to pour/pump?
Californian bridges don’t slide into position, then?
Ouch.


28 posted on 05/06/2014 11:12:16 AM PDT by moose07 (the truth will out ,one day.)
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To: moose07; null and void; no-to-illegals; NicknamedBob; NoCmpromiz

NOT my fault.
Bridges are not my area of deconstructive expertise.


29 posted on 05/06/2014 11:14:07 AM PDT by Darksheare (Try my coffee, first one's free..... Even robots will kill for it!)
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To: C19fan

Another “Shovel Ready” job?


30 posted on 05/06/2014 11:14:50 AM PDT by Don Corleone ("Oil the gun..eat the cannoli. Take it to the Mattress.")
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To: C19fan

Apparently the second time in history that fire has ever melted steel.


31 posted on 05/06/2014 11:15:29 AM PDT by chrisser (Senseless legislation does nothing to solve senseless violence.)
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To: exit82

lowest bidder???? CalTrans strikes again


32 posted on 05/06/2014 11:15:31 AM PDT by markman46 (engage brain before using keyboard!!!)
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To: lacrew

Bush slowed you down. His fault again. :-)


33 posted on 05/06/2014 11:17:23 AM PDT by FreedomGuru (Time for torches and pitchforks.)
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To: Dogfaced Soldier

As a construction guy, maybe you can appreciate what I noticed in the photos:

The erosion control is in place!

Sure, its a desert, but that doesn’t matter - the straw waddles are perfectly staked in place. Courtesy of an ever expanding interpretation of the 1973 Clean Water act. There have probably been inspectors to the site...not to check rebar...but to check the straw waddles.

And I see they had an OSHA approved wooden rail on their falsework. Everything in order.

Except important stuff like a water truck.


34 posted on 05/06/2014 11:17:42 AM PDT by lacrew (Mr. Soetoro, we regret to inform you that your race card is over the credit limit.)
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To: Diana in Wisconsin

“MAN is that going to leave a mark on his resume”

How do you say ‘resume’ in Spanish?


35 posted on 05/06/2014 11:19:14 AM PDT by lacrew (Mr. Soetoro, we regret to inform you that your race card is over the credit limit.)
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To: C19fan

Poor Las Vegas just can’t catch a break. First Bundy and now this. It’s like God doesn’t want people going there to spend their money.


36 posted on 05/06/2014 11:20:45 AM PDT by Portcall24 (aer)
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To: ErnBatavia

Probable a lot of LA people will skip driving up the I-15 for their weekend forays into Las Vegas.


37 posted on 05/06/2014 11:21:51 AM PDT by C19fan
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To: catbertz
What a mess. $58 million dollars down the drain.

That's less than 1/6th the cost of the failed Healthcare.gov website. Just sayin'.

38 posted on 05/06/2014 11:22:16 AM PDT by Disambiguator
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To: moose07

In some of the photos, you can see a network of wood posts and I beams under the forms. The caption on one of the photos noted “...and caused steel girders to sag...”. These ‘steel girders’ were not part of the final bridge, but part of the supports for the concrete placement.


39 posted on 05/06/2014 11:23:54 AM PDT by lacrew (Mr. Soetoro, we regret to inform you that your race card is over the credit limit.)
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To: chrisser

I’m pretty sure the bridge was really destroyed in a controlled demolition....by the Illuminati of course.


40 posted on 05/06/2014 11:25:33 AM PDT by lacrew (Mr. Soetoro, we regret to inform you that your race card is over the credit limit.)
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To: Dr. Bogus Pachysandra

Stand by for the I-15 truthers.


41 posted on 05/06/2014 11:27:51 AM PDT by lacrew (Mr. Soetoro, we regret to inform you that your race card is over the credit limit.)
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To: C19fan
Obama did say to stop going to Las Vegas.

-PJ

42 posted on 05/06/2014 11:28:48 AM PDT by Political Junkie Too (If you are the Posterity of We the People, then you are a Natural Born Citizen.)
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To: null and void
Here in Texas, they tend to build bridges over existing roadways one side at a time and divert traffic to the other side temporarily.

But we are just a bunch of hicks down here - not sophisticated like those Cali folks...

43 posted on 05/06/2014 11:29:28 AM PDT by 5thGenTexan
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To: lacrew

Thanks, I see them now.
Is this common practice for that type of construction in CA?


44 posted on 05/06/2014 11:33:02 AM PDT by moose07 (the truth will out ,one day.)
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To: moose07; Darksheare

I’m way too late to make sense of this. Would quote Darks but too late.


45 posted on 05/06/2014 11:36:05 AM PDT by no-to-illegals (Scrutinize our government and Secure the Blessing of Freedom and Justice)
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To: lacrew

Proof positive the truthers were wrong.


46 posted on 05/06/2014 11:37:49 AM PDT by no-to-illegals (Scrutinize our government and Secure the Blessing of Freedom and Justice)
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To: C19fan

they should get tha guy who rebuilt all them bridges in record time after the earthquake


47 posted on 05/06/2014 11:42:48 AM PDT by camle (keep an open mind and someone will fill it full of something for you)
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To: moose07

I really don’t know if this is common in CA. I went to
Google street view and found both concrete and steel bridges on I-15 in that area - but always pre-cast concrete.

Building forms like that is usually associated with construction where long term traffic disruption is not a problem. And this bridge was a brand new connection across I-15, so quick timing wasn’t really an issue. Now there is the small matter of having to protect the motorists below from falling debris for months and months.

I have a suspicion - for ARRA projects (Stimulus), there is a ‘buy American’ provision. Its possible that in California, so much of the steel comes from China, that concrete has become the preferred material for Stimulus projects. However, I really don’t know why they wouldn’t pre-cast on what looks like a very normal bridge.


48 posted on 05/06/2014 11:43:39 AM PDT by lacrew (Mr. Soetoro, we regret to inform you that your race card is over the credit limit.)
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To: The_Republic_Of_Maine

It was covered locally — including live aerial shots.


49 posted on 05/06/2014 11:46:08 AM PDT by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both.)
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To: Southack

Have probably logged about a million miles (no joke) driving in SoCal, I’ve never seen anything other than wooden falsework on freeway bridge projects.


50 posted on 05/06/2014 11:47:46 AM PDT by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both.)
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