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    aurora77
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    Wow, I’m listening to NPR’s Science Friday program about our infrastructure for transportation. The speakers were just discussing the Williamsburg Bridge in New York City and the need for repairs there. Hearing about all of this makes me nervous! What do others in the Coffee Room think?

    #894289

    BaalHabooze
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    I am from OOT and we too have these problems in our city. I think in most places these are issues and hopefully your government, or whoever in charge, is on the case to try to solve and mend all these potential disasters.

    #894290

    aurora77
    Participant

    I sure hope so! I’ve read a few of your limericks BaalHabooze — very funny đŸ™‚

    #894291

    The NYC DOT is aware of NYC’s bridges and their repair/maintenance requirements. There is no danger of collapse.

    In every case of catastrophic structural failure in the U.S. (at least for the last several years) the cause has been poor engineering (the Minneapolis bridge, the Kansas City skywalks), an unforeseen and catastrophic occurrence (the WTC, the Schoharie bridge), and poor maintenance (the West Side Highway).

    We can’t be 100% protected from unforeseen disasters – natural or man-made – but as far as design and maintenance, we should be OK in NYC.

    (edited and corrected – icot)

    #894292

    popa_bar_abba
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    I drove on the williamsburg bridge and it did fine. Didn’t collapse or anything. I put my whole car on it and it stood fine.

    #894293

    SayIDidItâ„¢
    Participant

    pba: nextvtime, only put half your car and see if YOU stay fine!!

    SiDi™

    #894294

    aurora77
    Participant

    Between ICOT’s knowledge of many bridges and Popa’s knowledge of this one bridge in particular, I am feeling much more reassured now đŸ™‚

    #894295

    smartcookie
    Member

    Funny, even bridges are in awe of popa….

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