Collapsed Bridge Was Damaged

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collapsed-bridge-washingtonA new report released Friday reveals that the highway bridge collapse in Washington State was a long time coming.

Six months ago, the report says, officials inspected the Interstate 5 bridge after one of its overhead metal trusses was struck by a too-tall truck last November. Inspectors found tears and other deformations after the incident, but the bridge was declared safe.

The report also describes other issues that may have made the bridge not-so-safe, including plants growing in panels and rust. Minor repairs were requested after the November accident, to be performed at some later date.

Well, there’s no time like the present. Read more here.

{Andy Heller-Matzav.com Newscenter}

3 COMMENTS

  1. This is terrible! Interstate 5 is one of THE most important major highways in our country.

    [It starts at the U.S.-Canadian border in northwest Washington, goes down through Seattle and continues down through western Washington, then comes down into Oregon through Portland and continues down through western Oregon, then comes down into California cutting down through the center of California until it comes down through Los Angeles. After Los Angeles, it runs along the California coast down through San Diego to the U.S.-Mexican Border. (Even though it does not go through the major San Francisco-Oakland urban area, travelers who want to QUICKLY drive to the Los Angeles area will take one of the local highways east over to I-5 and then take I-5 to L.A.)]

    So again, I-5 starts at the U.S.-Canadian border in northwest Washington, goes down the the far west side of the U.S. to the U.S.-Mexican border in southwest California. As such, it is a crucial thoroughfare to the far west United States, just like I-95 is a crucial thoroughfare to the far EAST United States.

    So, understandably, any major damage and shut down of any part of the highway is a big issue.

  2. Interstate 5 is one of THE most major important highways in our country.

    [It begins in northwest Washington at the U.S.-Canadian border, goes down through Seattle and western Washington, then down into Oregon through Portland and western Oregon, then comes down into California cutting down through the center of California until it comes down through Los Angeles. After Los Angeles, it runs along the California coast down through San Diego to the U.S.-Mexican Border. (Even though it does not go through the major San Francisco-Oakland urban area, travelers who want to QUICKLY drive to the Los Angeles area will take one of the local highways east over to I-5 and then take I-5 to L.A.)]

    So again, I-5 starts in northwest Washington at the U.S.-Canadian border, goes down the the far west side of the U.S. through southwest California to the U.S.-Mexican border. As such, it is a crucial thoroughfare for the far west United States, just like I-95 is a crucial thoroughfare for the far EAST United States.

    So, any heavy damage and shut down of any part of the highway is, understandably, a big problem.

  3. The History Channel has an excellent documentory program titled: “The Crumbling of America” (see http://shop.history.com/the-crumbling-of-america-dvd/detail.php?p=104694#tabs). The program superbly relates that, yes, in the middle of the twentieth century, the United States certainly DID build up an extensive fantastic infrastructure, of: transportation systems, waterways and irrigation systems, water delivery & sewage systems, and electric power systems. However, this was all done 50 or 60 or 70 or even more years ago. Understandably, the vast majority of the structures and equipment and materials of the U.S.’s infrastructure systems is now greatly aging, worn out, damaged, and in desperate need of either proper repair or total replacement. Specifically regarding bridges, over 70,000 of the bridges here have serious problems from wear and decay.

    The problem though, is that to properly repare and replace all of the countless worn out and damaged parts of the countless thousands of thousands of miles of the country’s infrastructure systems is, understandably, going to cost countless millions and billions of dollars. And obviously, such horrendous amounts of money are far beyond the financial means of our country’s governments.

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