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

    Quote Originally Posted by Fisher View Post
    It is a fair question, but given that trucks wreck on other bridges without them collapsing, I suspect it was a combination of factors. My city replaced a bridge awhile back that scared the bajeezes out of people, myself included. Some days the bridge shook like crazy. The city kept saying that it was supposed to do that but could never figure out supposedly why that bridge was requiring increased maintenance if it was supposed to be doing that. There were some days you could feel your front tires almost bouncing in the air that bridge shook so bad. I have been on many bridges of different types in my life in many places, including old ones that still had wood planks and I never felt a bridge shake like that one did. A similar bridge downriver to it didn't do it, the replacement bridge doesn't do it. I think we dodged a bullet.
    The truck had a heavy and oversize load. Taking out a support of a box design bridge is pretty easy to understand from a physics point of view. After reading that the top of the truck hit the top of the bridge, I think I can safely say, this same accident would have had the same results, the day after it was built.

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

    Quote Originally Posted by polgara View Post
    I understand that suitcases full of money, that our government gives our "friends" around the world to remain our paid-for "friends" is probably important to someone, but why build things for them when a lot of our infrastructure is rated in poor shape by engineers. Time is not on our side here. Fortunately no one died in the latest bridge collapse, but our luck cannot hold forever.

    Also, water and sewer mains all over the country are ancient, and are failing, causing flooding, plus the necessity for the public to boil water to make it safe to drink. Ridiculous! We are not a backward third world country to put up with this state of affairs. We pay taxes that are supposed to provide for the common good. Safe infrastructure benefits every one of us, and must be made a priority by our leaders. They know the problems with our failing infrastructure...why can't they be proactive instead of always reactive? And when I say proactive, I'm not talking about the hundreds of millions of dollars that is going to be spent on the new train line in California that most people won't even use.
    I don't see how maintaining our infrastructure and developing high speed mass transit are mutually exclusive.
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    Re: Wife of truck driver in bridge collapse says husband has 'impeccable' record

    infrastructure in America is laughable. What's sad is we already pay taxes that are supposed to keep it up. We need to reapportion our spending and cut spending in other areas to fix up infrastructure. We also need to have competitive contracts and companies bidding to do these jobs to help drive down the cost of the work. As cities grow and interstates get old (and do not expand) we are bound to have more problems. The fact that rush hour exists in any city is a sad thing.

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

    Quote Originally Posted by Khayembii Communique View Post
    I don't see how maintaining our infrastructure and developing high speed mass transit are mutually exclusive.
    A thought to entertain.

    We insufficiently maintain out existing structure. As long as we do not properly maintain it, why should we build more, but to not properly maintain?

    Now how about the cost. We already run unmanageable deficits and debt. Now you want to spend even more?

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

    Quote Originally Posted by ReformCollege View Post
    Is anyone blaming the truck driver?
    Anytime you're operating a truck and you ram into a stationary object it's 100% your fault.

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

    Quote Originally Posted by Khayembii Communique View Post
    I don't see how maintaining our infrastructure and developing high speed mass transit are mutually exclusive.
    Good evening, KC.

    I've read that the "high speed mass transit" train system planned for California is not going to be high speed after all, because the contract had to be rewritten due to problems. Top speed won't be much faster than a car would travel. We tried to copy Japan's bullet train, and that could have been a good idea, but it isn't going to work out that way for us. In the meantime, roads, bridges, and water and sewer mains in the rest of the country are crumbling. I think that could be considered mutually exclusive, since California is only one State out of fifty.

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

    SO is that the progressive blame the village no personal responsibility act again?

    Quote Originally Posted by 66gardeners View Post
    It is absurd to blame the bridge collapse on a truck driver for accidently hitting a bridge girder.

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

    Quote Originally Posted by Muhammed View Post
    Anytime you're operating a truck and you ram into a stationary object it's 100% your fault.
    I agree.

    I have never seen a bridge or tunnel here in the northwest without a "height" marking. His truck was taller than the bridge frame he tried to sqeeze under.

    Hate to be his insurance company...

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

    Quote Originally Posted by polgara View Post
    Good evening, KC.

    I've read that the "high speed mass transit" train system planned for California is not going to be high speed after all, because the contract had to be rewritten due to problems. Top speed won't be much faster than a car would travel. We tried to copy Japan's bullet train, and that could have been a good idea, but it isn't going to work out that way for us. In the meantime, roads, bridges, and water and sewer mains in the rest of the country are crumbling. I think that could be considered mutually exclusive, since California is only one State out of fifty.
    How does anyone think a high speed rail system can be built in California?

    Double the speed and you have to make uneven parts of the track four times smoother. Simple physics. Want to go 240 MPH? That's a factor of about 4, or 16 times smoother.

    A single small earthquake would shut down tracks until they were inspected for smoothness...

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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
    How does anyone think a high speed rail system can be built in California?

    Double the speed and you have to make uneven parts of the track four times smoother. Simple physics. Want to go 240 MPH? That's a factor of about 4, or 16 times smoother.

    A single small earthquake would shut down tracks until they were inspected for smoothness...
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