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Old 11-17-10, 11:55 PM   #1
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First the dam repair that seems to be 3 months over deadline, now this.....

http://www.nj.com/hunterdon-county-d...ge_its_cl.html

So glad I am at a different shop now, the previous shop is located right next to this bridge. This will definitely affect the shops directly in town.
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that's one of the problems with bridges like those.
there's no redundancy to keep the bridge up when there's damage to the bridge structure.

btw... how do you manage to crash on a bridge like that?
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that's one of the problems with bridges like those.
there's no redundancy to keep the bridge up when there's damage to the bridge structure.

btw... how do you manage to crash on a bridge like that?
Wet conditions and bald tires, apparently...
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Wet conditions and bald tires, apparently...
"... police charged Christian with driving on bald tires." Wonder if the penalty will be better or worse than what the yogurt thrower got.
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"... police charged Christian with driving on bald tires." Wonder if the penalty will be better or worse than what the yogurt thrower got.
Image the yogurt ON the bald tyres! Oh the humanity!
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I hate those open grate bridges. They offer almost no surface area to get traction on, and pose a huge hazard if a cyclist should go down on one. They need to put a proper surface on every one of them. They're so bad, I dismount and walk my bike across them when I even suspect they might be wet.
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So glad I am at a different shop now, the previous shop is located right next to this bridge. This will definitely affect the shops directly in town.

It was prob an egineering wonder back in 1870 (if that is when it was built) but these days its a collapse waiting to happen. Truss construction may be strong (and cost less) but its also been proven to fail/collapse even when just one member has been dammaged.
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An Aveo brought down that bridge. Clearly, people who drive Aveos are terrorists and the Aveo should be banned!
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Plasma cutter anyone?
You mean to just leave the front end of the Aveo incorporated into the bridge and remove the rest of the car from the travel lane? Could make sense. Also use a welder to touch up the connection so no malefactors remove the front end when people's guard is down.
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That might make a good bike lane until the get the car out.
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That might make a good bike lane until the get the car out.
I can tell you've never ridden across one of those abominations.
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It is sketchy to ride across. BTW, the car has been removed and the bridge is still standing.
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I hate those open grate bridges. They offer almost no surface area to get traction on, and pose a huge hazard if a cyclist should go down on one. They need to put a proper surface on every one of them. They're so bad, I dismount and walk my bike across them when I even suspect they might be wet.
I'm taking a guess the grates were open so that manure from horses would just fall straight through.
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I'm taking a guess the grates were open so that manure from horses would just fall straight through.
No. These don't date that far back. They road surface is very low maintenance (which is probably their reason for being), but traction is virtually non-existent.
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