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    Re: Wife of truck driver in bridge collapse says husband has 'impeccable' record

    Quote Originally Posted by Jerry View Post
    Did the permit stipulate the condition of the bridge?
    The bridge condition was good. It's poor ratings were because of design.

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    Re: Wife of truck driver in bridge collapse says husband has 'impeccable' record

    Quote Originally Posted by Jerry View Post
    That's just not true. The bridge fell because it wasn't maintained. Trucks hit bridges all the time, they don't fall.
    Really. Just where is you link saying it wasn't maintained. That isn't what a "sufficiency rating" is. I don't recall seeing anything that said it was poorly maintained.

    I have seen articles saying the bridge has been struck many times, and never had damage. The difference is, the truck had a rather solid steel load that struck the bridge. Not a corner of an aluminum sheet metal trailer.

    Sufficiency Rating

    The bridge sufficiency is a method of evaluating highway bridge data by calculating four separate factors to obtain a numeric value which is indicative of bridge sufficiency to remain in service. The result of this method is a percentage in which 100 percent would represent a entirely sufficient bridge and zero percent would represent an entirely insufficient or deficient bridge.

    Sufficiency Rating is essentially an overall rating of a bridge's fitness for the duty that it performs based on factors derived from over 20 NBI data fields, including fields that describe its Structural Evaluation, Functional Obsolescence, and its essentiality to the public. A low Sufficiency Rating may be due to structural defects, narrow lanes, low vertical clearance, or any of many possible issues.

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    Re: Wife of truck driver in bridge collapse says husband has 'impeccable' record

    Quote Originally Posted by Jerry View Post
    I've been looking at a couple trucker forums and their general opinion is that the pilot car was to close and either didn't have time to radio back a clearance problem, or there was a problem with the poll which didn't signal a clearance problem at all.
    WTF...

    Would you, as a driver, pretend you didn't know the low point of this bridge was 12' 6" while the corner of your load is 15' 9"?

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    Re: Wife of truck driver in bridge collapse says husband has 'impeccable' record

    Quote Originally Posted by dirtpoorchris View Post
    It wasnt maintenance it was faulty design.
    Almost 60 years old is obsolete. Not faulty.

    I'm sure it was a structural marvel for back then.

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    Re: Wife of truck driver in bridge collapse says husband has 'impeccable' record

    Quote Originally Posted by Lord of Planar View Post
    WTF...

    Would you, as a driver, pretend you didn't know the low point of this bridge was 12' 6" while the corner of your load is 15' 9"?
    Have you not ever heard of a stupid truck driver.
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    Re: Wife of truck driver in bridge collapse says husband has 'impeccable' record

    Quote Originally Posted by Born Free View Post
    Have you not ever heard of a stupid truck driver.
    Well...

    I don't want to call those defending this quy that...

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    Re: Wife of truck driver in bridge collapse says husband has 'impeccable' record

    Wow...

    Recent photo, and link attached to photo:



    Looks like it will be open soon.

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    Re: Wife of truck driver in bridge collapse says husband has 'impeccable' record

    Quote Originally Posted by Jerry View Post
    I fault the driver for striking the tunnel.

    I do not fault the driver when the tunnel then collapses. I fault the city for not properly maintaining the tunnel.
    Really?

    Aren't drivers aware of this:

    A “fracture critical” bridge is defined by the FHWA as a steel member in tension, or with a tension element, whose failure would probably cause a portion of or the entire bridge to collapse.

    Fracture critical bridges, of which there are a total of about 18,000 throughout the U.S., lack redundancy, which means that in the event of a steel member’s failure there is no path for the transfer of the weight being supported by that member to hold up the bridge. Therefore, failure occurs quickly, as reflected in the video that captured the collapse of the I-35W Bridge in Minnesota.

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    Re: Wife of truck driver in bridge collapse says husband has 'impeccable' record

    Quote Originally Posted by Lord of Planar View Post
    Wow...

    Recent photo, and link attached to photo:



    Looks like it will be open soon.
    WOW! They said it would take over a year. I hope they plan on replacing each section of it over time and adding the structure bracing to the sides or bottom of it instead of overhead.
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    Re: Wife of truck driver in bridge collapse says husband has 'impeccable' record

    Quote Originally Posted by Jerry View Post
    You are held responsible for the maintenance of every bridge you cross? Every road you drive on? So if you have a permit to drive over a certain road with an overweight road, but because that road wasn't properly maintained by the city/county, your oversize load causes the road to give way and wash out....you think that's your fault?

    I'm beginning to truly understand why truckers are so ruff around the edges.
    How many times did that bridge get hit before he got there? There's no way he was the first.
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