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San Francisco bridge closes after cable snaps (Oops)
The Fresno Bee ^ | 10-27-09 | LISA LEFF and JOHN MARSHALL

Posted on 10/28/2009 9:27:43 AM PDT by Enterprise

Authorities on Tuesday closed a major bridge connecting San Francisco and Oakland after a cable on its upper deck snapped during the evening commute.

(Excerpt) Read more at fresnobee.com ...


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Culture/Society; Government; US: California
KEYWORDS: bridge; cable; commuters; sanfrancisco
"The bridge closure was expected to cause a traffic nightmare during the morning commute. The California Highway Patrol was alerting Bay Area transit operators about the closure so they could try to prepare for a crush of additional passengers Wednesday."
1 posted on 10/28/2009 9:27:43 AM PDT by Enterprise
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To: Enterprise

0bama’s fault!!!!!!


2 posted on 10/28/2009 9:28:50 AM PDT by Perdogg (Sarah Palin-Jim DeMint 2012 - Liz Cheney for Sec of State - Duncan Hunter SecDef)
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To: Enterprise

Other bridges are out too, including the Chesapeake Bay Bridge in Maryland, Champlain Bridge in Vermont and a few other i can’t immediately recall. what’s up with these bridges ???


3 posted on 10/28/2009 9:30:18 AM PDT by MissDairyGoodnessVT (Something stinks in Oslo)
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To: Enterprise

Cable just installed last month according to news reports.


4 posted on 10/28/2009 9:30:53 AM PDT by Carley (OBAMA IS A MALEVOLENT FORCE IN THE WORLD)
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To: Perdogg

Well, they can start spending some of that shovel ready money now I guess.


5 posted on 10/28/2009 9:30:53 AM PDT by Enterprise (When they come for your guns and ammo, give them the ammo first.)
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To: Enterprise

No, no...obviously Bush’s fault.

And - of course - since it’s an engineering problem, completely beyond the Obamaloon administration capability to detect and fix.


6 posted on 10/28/2009 9:31:17 AM PDT by Da Coyote
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To: Carley

I know. No doubt CAL TRANS and a couple of lawyers are taking a long hard look at this.


7 posted on 10/28/2009 9:31:57 AM PDT by Enterprise (When they come for your guns and ammo, give them the ammo first.)
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To: Da Coyote

Silly Coyote. It’s more important for the Obama administration to queer up elementary schools than it is to fix roads and bridges.


8 posted on 10/28/2009 9:33:04 AM PDT by Enterprise (When they come for your guns and ammo, give them the ammo first.)
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To: MissDairyGoodnessVT
what’s up with these bridges ???

Decades of infrastructure funding redirected to social programs, pork, and fraud.

I have a feeling that things will get a whole lot worse in the near future, and that's just what you can see.

Underground in most major cities, it's even worse.
9 posted on 10/28/2009 9:33:34 AM PDT by chrisser (Tweet not, lest ye a twit be.)
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To: Da Coyote

If ACORN or SEIU can’t be given money to fix it then Obama doesn’t care. Obviously bridge engineering and fixing is for those evil rich people - the “rich” who don’t grease Obama’s palm.


10 posted on 10/28/2009 9:33:58 AM PDT by Aria ( "The US republic will endure until Congress discovers it can bribe the public with the people's $.")
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To: Enterprise

That cable is RACIST!


11 posted on 10/28/2009 9:34:15 AM PDT by TChris (There is no freedom without the possibility of failure.)
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To: MissDairyGoodnessVT

Bridges require constant safety inspections. Even when engineers determine that fixes must be implemented, the politicians stall. It’s more important to have Medicare for illegal aliens and condoms for elementary school children than it to fix the infrastructure of America. One must have priorities.


12 posted on 10/28/2009 9:35:19 AM PDT by Enterprise (When they come for your guns and ammo, give them the ammo first.)
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To: Enterprise

“...a major bridge connecting San Francisco and Oakland”

“The bridge, a California landmark...”

“...a piece of metal roughly 3 feet long fell onto the bridge’s westbound lanes...”

“The bridge closure was expected to cause a traffic nightmare during the morning commute...”

Did anyone else notice that the article never identifies to which bridge they are referring? Leave it to the Fresno Bee!

I guess we can assume the Bay Bridge, but you know what they say about making an ASS(of)U(&)ME.


13 posted on 10/28/2009 9:37:13 AM PDT by downtownconservative (As Obama lies, liberty dies!)
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To: Perdogg

Hey, it’s part of the mess Our Messiah inherited. /sarc


14 posted on 10/28/2009 9:37:34 AM PDT by NativeNewYorker (Freepin' Jew Boy)
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To: Enterprise
Things have gotten so bad in San Francisco that now even the bridge is jumping off the bridge!
15 posted on 10/28/2009 9:37:43 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper (HARDCORE RRREDNECK! yip yip)
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To: Enterprise

No matter the snide comments that arise on this thread, the response appears commensurate with the event. If the bridge is new, then the investigation should pinpoint whether the design was bad or the implementation was off. (Note: Failure to properly understand the loads due to rush hour traffic is a requirements/design issue.)

If the bridge is older, one would need to decide if the installation had been degraded by time and weather, as well.


16 posted on 10/28/2009 9:40:18 AM PDT by MortMan (Stubbing one's toes is a valid (if painful) way of locating furniture in the dark.)
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To: TChris

The cable is racist and homophobic!


17 posted on 10/28/2009 9:40:21 AM PDT by Enterprise (When they come for your guns and ammo, give them the ammo first.)
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To: Enterprise

18 posted on 10/28/2009 9:41:17 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: dfwgator

LOL


19 posted on 10/28/2009 9:42:19 AM PDT by Enterprise (When they come for your guns and ammo, give them the ammo first.)
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To: Enterprise

I wouldn’t worry too much. I hear that the bridge is too big to fail.


20 posted on 10/28/2009 9:42:34 AM PDT by ClearCase_guy (Play the Race Card -- lose the game.)
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To: Enterprise

Cable breaks! California is doomed. Article#15,902


21 posted on 10/28/2009 9:43:36 AM PDT by dragnet2
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To: chrisser

Steel for cable, and clamps, etc came from China.

So did cement.

Thank the enviros & the unions for closing our own steel mills and mining for cement materials.

The cable snapped and brought down a VERY LARGE sort of U-Clamp with it. Hit 3 vehicles, no deaths or injuries.


22 posted on 10/28/2009 9:46:21 AM PDT by ridesthemiles
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To: chrisser

Steel for cable, and clamps, etc came from China.

So did cement.

Thank the enviros & the unions for closing our own steel mills and mining for cement materials.

The cable snapped and brought down a VERY LARGE sort of U-Clamp with it. Hit 3 vehicles, no deaths or injuries.


23 posted on 10/28/2009 9:46:23 AM PDT by ridesthemiles
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To: chrisser

Steel for cable, and clamps, etc came from China.

So did cement.

Thank the enviros & the unions for closing our own steel mills and mining for cement materials.

The cable snapped and brought down a VERY LARGE sort of U-Clamp with it. Hit 3 vehicles, no deaths or injuries.


24 posted on 10/28/2009 9:46:30 AM PDT by ridesthemiles
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To: MissDairyGoodnessVT
Other bridges are out too, including the Chesapeake Bay Bridge in Maryland, Champlain Bridge in Vermont and a few other i can’t immediately recall. what’s up with these bridges ???

They are old, and maintenance has been defered to fund programs with higher priorities. And you what programs they are.

25 posted on 10/28/2009 9:46:52 AM PDT by D Rider
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To: Carley
Cable just installed last month according to news reports.

They should've went with Verizon's Fios,

26 posted on 10/28/2009 9:48:15 AM PDT by NativeSon
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To: ridesthemiles

Sorry for the triple posts. Computer is acting funny this AM. REALLY slow...


27 posted on 10/28/2009 9:48:20 AM PDT by ridesthemiles
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To: Da Coyote
And - of course - since it’s an engineering problem, completely beyond the Obamaloon administration capability to detect and fix.

Something like this is well above Obama's pay scale...

28 posted on 10/28/2009 9:48:48 AM PDT by Dixie Yooper (Ephesians 6:11)
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To: NativeSon

OMG

Verizon network has been down and out a whole bunch this past week.

Businesses taking the gaspipe over the disruptions.


29 posted on 10/28/2009 9:52:16 AM PDT by Carley (OBAMA IS A MALEVOLENT FORCE IN THE WORLD)
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To: downtownconservative
a major bridge connecting San Francisco and Oakland”

There is only one. The SF/Oakland Bay Bridge.

30 posted on 10/28/2009 9:57:11 AM PDT by RGSpincich
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To: ridesthemiles

That’s kind of scary. Wonder how much Chinese steel and cement has been used in other projects?


31 posted on 10/28/2009 10:01:31 AM PDT by Enterprise (When they come for your guns and ammo, give them the ammo first.)
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To: downtownconservative

I think it’s a safe assumption since the Bay Bridge is the ONLY bridge between S.F. and Oakland. Still, a competent editor would have named it. Traffic on the Richmond-San Rafael Bridge and the Golden Gate will be hell until repairs are made.


32 posted on 10/28/2009 10:03:40 AM PDT by Bernard Marx ("Civilizations die by suicide, not from murder" Toynbee)
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To: RGSpincich

I guess you’re right technically. But you would need to be a local to understand that.

There is a Bay Bridge, a GoldenGate Bridge, a San Mateo Bridge, a San Rafael Bridge a Dumbarton Bridge and a Martinez Bridge, et al.

Why would the article say “a major bridge connecting Oakland and San Francisco”, and not name the bridge? I still think it’s shoddy reporting.


33 posted on 10/28/2009 10:08:00 AM PDT by downtownconservative (As Obama lies, liberty dies!)
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To: Bernard Marx

Glad I don’t live there anymore!!!! For lots of other reasons, as well.


34 posted on 10/28/2009 10:09:14 AM PDT by downtownconservative (As Obama lies, liberty dies!)
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To: downtownconservative

Yeah they should have said “the” major bridge.


35 posted on 10/28/2009 10:12:21 AM PDT by RGSpincich
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To: Enterprise

.....closed a major bridge connecting San Francisco and Oakland ......

So, why should I give a damn about either place? The bridge is a nexus of evil


36 posted on 10/28/2009 10:13:33 AM PDT by bert (K.E. N.P. +12 . Quotes of the century: 2001 "Lets Roll"..... 2009 "You Lie")
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To: Da Coyote
beyond the Obamaloon administration capability

BO agrees w/you - it's above his pay grade.
37 posted on 10/28/2009 10:17:09 AM PDT by presently no screen name
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To: Carley

It was temporary fix because a crack was found after a detour section had bee installed so traffic could continue to roll while the earthquake upgrade was being done. With the high winds yesterday I am not overly surprized


38 posted on 10/28/2009 10:19:07 AM PDT by the long march
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To: downtownconservative
a Dumbarton Bridge

Oh no! Are they starting to name bridges after zer0 already?
39 posted on 10/28/2009 10:19:43 AM PDT by presently no screen name
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To: ridesthemiles
Steel for cable, and clamps, etc came from China.

So did cement.

So did your keyboard's stuck Enter key. Just damn!

40 posted on 10/28/2009 10:22:28 AM PDT by Revolting cat! (Let us prey!)
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To: Enterprise

Oakland is trying to move away from San Francisco as far as possible before Pelosi and Feinstein return home


41 posted on 10/28/2009 10:22:35 AM PDT by bunkerhill7 (God bless)
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To: Carley

Cable just installed last month

Installed by UNION workers that should explain it.


42 posted on 10/28/2009 10:27:51 AM PDT by bikerman (Buck Farack)
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To: bert
So, why should I give a damn about either place? The bridge is a nexus of evil

There's a witch-burning in your village this afternoon - best leave now so you won't be late. :)

43 posted on 10/28/2009 10:29:20 AM PDT by Mr. Jeeves ("If you cannot pick it up and run with it, you don't really own it." -- Robert Heinlein)
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To: ridesthemiles

I have never had anything good to say about Chinese metals. As a woodworker, its becoming harder and much more expensive to avoid China. My Chinese metal tools break all of the time!


44 posted on 10/28/2009 10:37:00 AM PDT by jack1165
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To: Enterprise
"Well, they can start spending some of that shovel ready money now I guess."

The only people they could find who are willing to work are illegal aliens and White males:

No White Male Construction Workers

Now What?

45 posted on 10/28/2009 10:41:37 AM PDT by blam
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To: jack1165
I have never had anything good to say about Chinese metals. As a woodworker, its becoming harder and much more expensive to avoid China. My Chinese metal tools break all of the time!

One reason the Chinese can underbid others is that they tend to skip steps, reduce the number of necessary parts, etc. in the manufacture of their items.

46 posted on 10/28/2009 10:47:05 AM PDT by Western Phil
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To: D Rider
They are old, and maintenance has been defered to fund programs with higher priorities. And you what programs they are.

Brooklyn Bridge, over 100 years, original main cables, even with a scandal about substandard materials at one point. I guess Washington Roebling overengineered unashamedly.

47 posted on 10/28/2009 10:47:24 AM PDT by Tijeras_Slim (Live jubtabulously!)
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To: Western Phil

Exactly! Even name brands are now doing this and they WILL pay for it in reduced sales. Total BS Nothing like gluing up a project only to have your clamp break.


48 posted on 10/28/2009 2:49:54 PM PDT by jack1165
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To: downtownconservative
I still think it’s shoddy reporting.

To me, there's no think about it -- It's shoddy reporting not to have identified which bridge was involved.

49 posted on 10/28/2009 2:56:28 PM PDT by Bob
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To: chrisser

Yep states are given all of these federal funds to be used for infrastructure and aren’t obligated to spend them like that so they go to whatever the politician in charge wants them to. It’s more important to give welfare Mom’s more money than it is to make sure our roads,bridges,water supplies, etc are safe.


50 posted on 10/28/2009 3:40:40 PM PDT by chris_bdba
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