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?
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.
I sure hope so! I’ve read a few of your limericks BaalHabooze — very funny 🙂
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)
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.
pba: nextvtime, only put half your car and see if YOU stay fine!!
Between ICOT’s knowledge of many bridges and Popa’s knowledge of this one bridge in particular, I am feeling much more reassured now 🙂
Funny, even bridges are in awe of popa….