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Snooth User: Rodolphe Boulanger

Our aging infrastructure

Posted by Rodolphe Boulanger, Jul 31, 2008.

What happens to the 52 year old bridge designed for a half century lifespan?

I am not sure how the "8-by-20-inch steel plate" was useful in covering the hole that "measured about 3 1/2 feet by 3 1/2 feet"


Reply by Philip James, Aug 4, 2008.

"the punch-through was detected shortly before 7 a.m. A truck drove over it but wasn't damaged.

The two right lanes were closed so Thruway Authority workers could place an 8-by-20-inch steel plate to cover the hole. A short while later, another large plate had to be brought in, which added to the traffic nightmare."

These structures take some severe punishment - multiple lanes carrying thousands of multi-ton cars per hour, 24 hours a day, for 50 years.

Yeah, its pretty scary

Reply by Mark Angelillo, Aug 4, 2008.

It has a summer blockbuster feel to it, for sure. Cars driving through holes in bridges, earthquakes shaking apart overpasses... Now we just need a catchy name to bring in the box office crowds.

Reply by Philip James, Aug 4, 2008.

"A Bridge Too Far"

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