Skip to comments.Traffic chaos after bridge the size of a football field COLLAPSES onto the main freeway from Los..
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.
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What a mess. $58 million dollars down the drain.
Caused by Climate Disruption.
How NOT to build a bridge.
Look for the Union label.
Debris began “to fell”
I guess grammar and syntax were missing during this reporters correspondence college training.
Not only that, it’s Hesperia, not Herperia.
Ooops. Well they might have a few snakes out that way.
I hope nobody was hurt.
Darn global warming/sarc
YYaaaYY, California! You can’t do anything right. Why?
Collapse is such a harsh word. We construction guys prefer the term “sudden gravitational disassembly.”
A blow-torch? How primitive!
Perhaps English isn't the reporter's primary language, an H-1B or an L-1, maybe?
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.
Why do we always have to learn this stuff from the foreign press? Why do we even have a US press corps?
Was George Bush seen in the vicinity?
Beat me by 13 seconds.
It’s too arid out there to use wood scaffolding. You need to use metal scaffolds...unless it isn’t your money building it.
But the famous metallurgist Rosie O’Donnell assured us that fire can’t melt steel.
For the guilty party, the only honorable thing to do is to commit suicide by jumping off a bridge.
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.
Chris Christie walked across it?
“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!
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.
Lot's of reptiles running around there!!!
What was going to take the weight of the concrete as they began to pour/pump?
Californian bridges don’t slide into position, then?
NOT my fault.
Bridges are not my area of deconstructive expertise.
Another “Shovel Ready” job?
Apparently the second time in history that fire has ever melted steel.
lowest bidder???? CalTrans strikes again
Bush slowed you down. His fault again. :-)
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.
“MAN is that going to leave a mark on his resume”
How do you say ‘resume’ in Spanish?
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.
Probable a lot of LA people will skip driving up the I-15 for their weekend forays into Las Vegas.
That's less than 1/6th the cost of the failed Healthcare.gov website. Just sayin'.
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.
I’m pretty sure the bridge was really destroyed in a controlled demolition....by the Illuminati of course.
Stand by for the I-15 truthers.
But we are just a bunch of hicks down here - not sophisticated like those Cali folks...
Thanks, I see them now.
Is this common practice for that type of construction in CA?
I’m way too late to make sense of this. Would quote Darks but too late.
Proof positive the truthers were wrong.
they should get tha guy who rebuilt all them bridges in record time after the earthquake
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.
It was covered locally — including live aerial shots.
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.
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