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    Digging in the pain cave. midschool22's Avatar
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    Final score...Bridge 1...Trucks 0...Check this.

    I seen this on ESPN's Around The Horn. There is a bridge/train trestle in Durham North Carolina that is 11' 8" tall. Subsequently, there are lots of instances where truck & trailer drivers challenge this.

    For more info, go to www.11foot8.com/faq

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    When I lived in Boston it became a regular end-of-summer event to go down to Memorial Drive just in front of the MIT campus and hang around waiting for incoming freshmen to crash their rental trucks into the Mass Ave. overpass. Like clockwork, every year some schmuck would peel the roof off their U-Haul.

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    btw, I'm pretty sure that yellow Penske truck shown at the 0:57 mark is listed as 11'6" high

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    Wow

    I was laughing until I remembered nailing a motel awning with a skyclimber cage in the back of a pickup once. My boss locked himself in the room and wouldn't even come out to talk to the owner. I've heard of a driver going through the front window of his cabover like that. Worst one I know of was a trailered backhoe that hit a bridge and came down to kill a following motorcyclist.
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    Bridge might not be tall, but wow, it is strong!
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    Quote Originally Posted by RubenX View Post
    Bridge might not be tall, but wow, it is strong!
    The bridge has a steel protective beam directly in front so the hits don't damage the bridge. There is also a device a block prior to the bridge that has bright flashing lights that go off if a vehicle passes it that it too tall for the bridge. So drivers that hit it are really stupid

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    That bridge is a beam type, so it's pretty resilient, but truss bridges will go down if that happens to them.
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    I wonder how often they check its structural integrity since it seems to be hit pretty often.
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    Apparently it's too much to ask to lower that portion of the road ~12", adding appropriate drainage...more affordable infrastructure work compared to modifying the bridge and rails.

    But it is dayum funny.

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    Holy cow, that happens a LOT more than I thought it did. Back in the late 80s or early 90s, I was a mover's helper, and a driver I was riding with did that. It was one where you scraped along badly for a few feet, then came to a sudden stop, LOL. We all laughed afterwards, but it was a lot of work. We had to unload everything into another truck.

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    I don't have a video of it, but here is the story. Driver of dump truck hits bridge with bed in the up position tears bed off truck, keeps driving.
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    Quote Originally Posted by roadiejorge View Post
    I wonder how often they check its structural integrity since it seems to be hit pretty often.
    Look carefully and you can see that they installed a steel I beam on the side to take the blow, so the track itself doesn't get hit.


    Quote Originally Posted by skijor View Post
    Apparently it's too much to ask to lower that portion of the road ~12", adding appropriate drainage...more affordable infrastructure work compared to modifying the bridge and rails.
    In the comments, they answer that underneath the intersection is a massive sewer that would also be very expensive to redo. So essentially, it's a tight spot, but cheaper to keep crashing trucks than redo.
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    I like the ones where they slow down thinking they "might" make it. I also like the one where the box gets ripped off the top and they keep going for some distance.

    We have a bridge in our town that is lower on the right than the center. There is a right hand turn there so lots of drivers take the right lane. Sort of makes sense that they do but if they do that they get stuck and it makes a real mess with traffic as it is pretty much the only way out of town and is a main route.

    I remember going through a tunnel with my father driving. I noticed a car carrier ahead. The pavement in the tunnel was not exactly smooth and the trailer would bump up and down as it went through the tunnel. The top car seemed awfully close to the to of of the tunnel. But I figured no professional driver would be dumb enough to take the trailer through the tunnel if there was not at least some room to spare and that the proximity to the roof must be an illusion. The trailer bumped along for a bit and sure enough a big stream of sparks came off of the roof of the top car. I bet that driver had to really think how that one happened.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Artkansas View Post
    In the comments, they answer that underneath the intersection is a massive sewer that would also be very expensive to redo. So essentially, it's a tight spot, but cheaper to keep crashing trucks than redo.
    Then how about a teleporter? A stargate? A bar?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Artkansas View Post

    In the comments, they answer that underneath the intersection is a massive sewer that would also be very expensive to redo. So essentially, it's a tight spot, but cheaper to keep crashing trucks than redo.
    Shouldn't be that hard to raise the railbed the foot or two needed, then rebuild the bridge.

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    It's really not so hard to forget you have a tall load if you aren't used to driving with one. And lots of these guys look to be driving Rental trucks and probably aren't used to remembering they're trucking a tall load while they're driving along about half dreaming of something else.

    I knew a truck driver that told me of hauling a part of a rock crusher on a pre-determined limited route. He left his route for some reason and began noticing the lights go off on the street he was on at the same time as his truck began slowing down and stalled under a heavy load. Seems that he caught a highline wire that crossed the street and was dragging highline wires off the telephone poles
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    Quote Originally Posted by overthehillmedi View Post
    Shouldn't be that hard to raise the railbed the foot or two needed, then rebuild the bridge.
    From http://11foot8.com/faq/

    Canít the road be lowered?

    That would be prohibitively expensive because a sewer main runs just a few feet below the road bed. That sewer main also dates back about a hundred years and, again, at the time there were no real standards for minimum clearance for railroad underpasses.

    Canít the bridge be raised?

    Here, too, the question is who would want to pay the millions of dollars to raise the tracks a couple of feet? To accomplish this, the grade of the tracks would have to changed on both sides of the trestle, probably for several miles. That would require rebuilding all trestles in Durham. And NS would have to shut down this busy track for months. I donít think they are interested in that idea.
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    Albany OR rail bridge with 8ish' of clearance. Chains hanging down, warning signs, and now a warning horn a block before the bridge on each side. At least once a year it "eats" a truck or RV.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Zinger View Post
    It's really not so hard to forget you have a tall load if you aren't used to driving with one. And lots of these guys look to be driving Rental trucks and probably aren't used to remembering they're trucking a tall load while they're driving along about half dreaming of something else.

    I knew a truck driver that told me of hauling a part of a rock crusher on a pre-determined limited route. He left his route for some reason and began noticing the lights go off on the street he was on at the same time as his truck began slowing down and stalled under a heavy load. Seems that he caught a highline wire that crossed the street and was dragging highline wires off the telephone poles
    LOL, that's one reason I quit driving. I have the kind of luck it takes, to pull that off with no one getting hurt. But this made me think of the wind storm we had awhile back, where live electrical lines were down, on the B-G trail. Something like that sure makes you cautious about riding in bad weather.

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