November 10, 2012
The Little Bridge That Could
Undefeated - The Toughest Bridge in the World
The Durham train trestle has stood its ground for the last 100 years. This fact doesn't deter some drivers from challanging the bridge about once a month. all of them fail.
Posted by gerardvanderleun at November 10, 2012 12:11 PM
It reminds me of the vans falling off of the bridge in Idiocracy.
That relates directly to the American voter.
Only once a month? There's a low railroad bridge in Charlottesville on "the Corner". (For those who don't know it, that's an area across the street from the University of Virginia, full of restaurants and other stores catering to students.) Last I heard, it has plenty of signs, flashing lights, and even (I think) some sort of radar thing to detect too-high vehicles and warn them with a loud noise. Perhaps things have changed in the last 20 years, but back then trucks still hit it more than once a month.
A friend lived in a house half a block away when she was in grad school, and she said that at least once a week they'd hear a horrible crunch and run out to see some truck with 5-20 feet of the top peeled back like a tin can. I suppose the variation was partly a matter of speed, partly the weight of the truck, and partly how quickly the driver realized what he had done and hit the brakes.
Despite what O'Brien told Smith, reality cannot be dispelled by party announcements. The wall is there. It is made of brick. Hitting it will hurt.
And the Iron Law of Bureaucracy will prevail - nothing required was done, and no one involved in producing nothing is guilty of anything. And all of the show trials will return nothing else than a wall of paper that says everything was done and nothing. This was sent to that agency, which sent it to that department, and then to these commissions, and each sent it to these boards, who remanded it for clarification...
And so on.
Somehow you managed to post a photo from about 3 miles from the house - Griffin, GA
The replacement bridge is almost done, the sign will soon be abolished!
The drivers of the slow moving trucks are thinking "maybe I can make it!" the drivers of the fast moving trucks are thinking "Boy I love this new Lady gaga song!"
I would imagine a video from inside each of those trucks would feature a puzzled "What the fuck was that?" immediately following contact with the sign and preceding contact with the bridge....
Further proof that nobody reads signs, which is where we started.
"Sign, what sign? Why didn't somebody warn me? I should sue!"
I'll bet that bridge supports at least one tow truck operator and several body repair shops. I hope some stimulus money was earmarked to drop it a couple of inches more.
God made low bridges with warning signs to weed out dumb drivers. How do you explain this accident to your next prospective employer?
Maybe the sign needs work. if someone hits the sign it wraps up the vehicle in a sticky glue impossible to clean. Making one less D---Ass on the road.
There's a similar railroad bridge with a similar warning sign with similar results, near Lake Onondaga in Liverpool NY (north of Syracuse).
The reason for the occasional collision: a surprising number of truck drivers are illiterate. They're not stupid, they just can't read.
You don't have to be able to read to get a driver's license--you can take an oral exam and have to recognize the most common signs/symbols, such as "STOP", "No U-Turn", "OneWay Street", and speed limits.