Skip to comments.I-5 bridge collapses over Skagit River, sending vehicles, people into water
Posted on 05/24/2013 12:18:57 AM PDT by djf
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That would make for a great movie scene!
Correction: should have been in the left lane of southbound traffic (lane #2), not spanning the two lanes (it was apparently blocked from changing lanes, but this is the truck operator's fault for allowing this to happen). I was thinking that each direction of traffic had its own "arch".
Whatcom and a large portion of Skagit County are now without a main artery to the rest of the U.S. The truck was driven by a Canadian. Coincidence? I think not. This is it, they are coming to take all of our cheap milk and gasoline!
This is a super nice "bike path" that was built in part with stimulus funds. It goes from an indian casino in Whatcom County to the association reservation. It was built because too many people from the reservation were getting run down walking on the unlit road at night. The road is still unlit, but this bike path is equipped with solar powered lights linked together with sensors so the lights only come on as you need them.
As you can see this is much more useful than a bridge that up until last night carried 70,000 vehicles a day.
Yes, you are going to experience hell for the short-term.
I have experienced hell since my wife abandoned me in 2011, I took a job in Texas in desperation to support her and my three children, since my car died in August, 2012 (you cannot not have a car in Texas - look at the obesity rates in that state), and in desperation I moved to the only place in the nation where one doesn't NEED a car: NYC, with my cousin with whom I'm starting a company that will eventually bring down the established order.
What's not to understand, exactly? I'm not understanding...
Si. Have read more about this story, and I don’t think “Scott” is a south of the border name. :-)
I saw nothing about being STRUCTURALLY deficient, only functionally. That is completely different. Functional does NOT mean it’s “bad”, just that it may not handle today’s conditions, such as this truck being too tall.
I’m sick of all the arm-flailing, as on FOX just now, that this bridge is bad because it’s FO, then shortening that term to “obsolete”, then complaining it’s “old” and thus must be bad. 50 years is not so bad. What do these idiots want, new bridges ground-up every decade? Yes, it would be nice if they updated the structure so it could accommodate bigger things, but ALL roadways at some point have height restrictions. This is not shocking. The problem is being able to track it and enforce.
Bottom line, we get a lot of squawking that is basically safety NAZIs all over again.
From the pictures, it looked like the vehicles were sitting on some of the bridge debris, so that most of the car was underwater but the roofs were up and the survivors were sitting on the roofs of their cars.
Good catch, I wonder what the most recent engineering rating on that bridge was from WADOT.
But wait Obama minions are saying this bridge collapse is because of Republicans cutting the budget.... Yeah lets build more useless walking paths with taxpayer money, roads and bridges falling down falling down falling down, roads and bridges falling down my fair OBAMA...
The parallel bridge is already very busy with local traffic so the preferred detour routes are well out of the view of that shot. The dropped bridge used to serve 70,000 vehicles a day. The surface streets around there are really busy so the traffic is being detoured to two different rural highways.
“You seem paranoid.”
Nope, I just pay attention.
I’m going to stick with paranoid, and a little psychotic to boot.
Wish I could put you on ignore too.
“Wish I could put you on ignore too.”
If you really wanted to then you’d start by...ignoring me.
Seems to me you have too much fun doing what you do. If it’s fine with FR then it’s fine with me, too.
Have a great day.
I can ignore you through will easy enough.
I just really don’t want to see your pointless posts anymore.
You have a great day too.
I would think the depth of the river was just about right to give some buoyancy. Surprised no one had a heart attack as it was happening.
I’m sorry I guess you do know the neighborhood but are not currently a neighbor. I thought you were saying Avon-Allen Rd (where I grew up) was not a big detour, that’s all. Good luck in NYC. I think it’s a fun place to be, at least it was a wonderful time in life for me in the 1980s. Loved it.
They had an interview of the guy that was driving with his wife in the car. Navy (ex?) guy. After they landed, the car is filling with water. He realizes his shoulder is out. So he shoves his shoulder back in place, and then unbuckles his wife and helps her get out!
Amazing! How few would have that presence of mind, but thankfully for him and his wife, all the Navy training kicked in.