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Bay Bridge closed after rod snaps, cars hit
SFGate ^ | oct 27, 2009 | Michael Cabanatuan

Posted on 10/27/2009 8:09:38 PM PDT by Thidwick

Authorities said they are shutting down the Bay Bridge in both directions after pieces of the cantilever section fell during the late-afternoon commute, striking three vehicles on the upper deck, the California Highway Patrol said.

Caltrans officials said the parts that fell were two high-strength rods and a saddle that were part of the emergency repair that delayed the opening of the bridge on Labor Day weekend.

(Excerpt) Read more at sfgate.com ...


TOPICS: Local News
KEYWORDS: bay; bayarea; baybridge; braking; breaking; bridge; california; cantilever; cars; closed; hit; rod; sanfrancisco; snaps
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1 posted on 10/27/2009 8:09:39 PM PDT by Thidwick
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To: Thidwick

They should build a new bridge.


2 posted on 10/27/2009 8:13:50 PM PDT by ThomasThomas (I don't have time to Procrastinate)
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To: Thidwick

Well, at least the state has plenty of money to fix it...


3 posted on 10/27/2009 8:15:23 PM PDT by neodad (USS Vincennes (CG 49) "Freedom's Fortress")
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To: Thidwick

California has been spending all their road money on liberal vote buying schemes!

We here in the Golden State are falling prey to rot from the top down...


4 posted on 10/27/2009 8:16:27 PM PDT by Randy Larsen ( BTW, If I offend you! Please let me know, I may want to offend you again!)
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To: ThomasThomas

They are dumbness here is a up date.

The bridge-replacement project has been hampered by manufacturing problems in China, where major portions of the steel suspension bridge are being prefabricated,

Another major concern is the delay in finishing the schematic designs, which are being drawn up by a team in Vancouver, British Columbia.


5 posted on 10/27/2009 8:21:08 PM PDT by ThomasThomas (I don't have time to Procrastinate)
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To: Thidwick

And the parts were made in...?


6 posted on 10/27/2009 8:21:53 PM PDT by elpinta (Change: check. Hope: not so much.)
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To: Thidwick
...the parts that fell were two high-strength rods and a saddle that were part of the emergency repair that delayed the opening of the bridge on Labor Day weekend.

Thank Obama for shovel-ready jobs. This should be fixed as quickly as the initial work was done.

-PJ

7 posted on 10/27/2009 8:22:23 PM PDT by Political Junkie Too (Comprehensive congressional reform legislation only yields incomprehensible bills that nobody reads.)
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To: Thidwick

Ouch!


8 posted on 10/27/2009 8:23:04 PM PDT by LUV W (2010 is Conservatives' to win....or lose. So....LET'S WIN!!)
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To: ThomasThomas

They are. When the bridge was closed on Labor Day weekend for replacement of a section needed for the new bridge (should be done in 2012 or 2013) they found a cracked I-rod in another section of the cantilever section. They quickly designed, made and installed a bracket and rods that were a repair for the cracked part and opened the bridge only 1 hour late. Today, that repair fell.


9 posted on 10/27/2009 8:23:35 PM PDT by Wacka
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10 posted on 10/27/2009 8:24:15 PM PDT by ButThreeLeftsDo (FR.....Monthly Donors Wanted.)
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To: Thidwick

I am so glad that DH does not have to go to work tomorrow :)


11 posted on 10/27/2009 8:26:20 PM PDT by pbear8 (Russia, please come get your Czars)
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To: Thidwick

More proof the stimulus money ain’t working.


12 posted on 10/27/2009 8:26:50 PM PDT by umgud (I couldn't understand why the ball kept getting bigger......... then it hit me.)
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To: Thidwick

I am so glad that DH does not have to go to work tomorrow :)


13 posted on 10/27/2009 8:27:12 PM PDT by pbear8 (Russia, please come get your Czars)
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To: Thidwick

OMG... the Bay Bridge is closed in both directions? Indefinitely? Woah... what a mess this will make of things in the Bay area.


14 posted on 10/27/2009 8:29:45 PM PDT by Ramius (Personally, I give us... one chance in three. More tea?)
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To: Ramius

Giant CF tomorrow.


15 posted on 10/27/2009 8:31:20 PM PDT by Wacka
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To: elpinta

They showed live updates on the local news. Said the parts were made in China.

I told Mrs. Big Bobber “They better shut the bridge down right now.”

The part that failed is a major tension rod in the cantilever span and there are high winds in the area today. It’s not improbable that such a failure with continued high wind stress could cause the span to collapse. Not worth taking a chance.


16 posted on 10/27/2009 8:31:21 PM PDT by BigBobber
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To: Political Junkie Too
"Thank Obama for shovel-ready jobs. This should be fixed as quickly as the initial work was done. -PJ "


17 posted on 10/27/2009 8:31:54 PM PDT by digital-olive
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To: Thidwick

Extreme high winds today in the area. There were high wind warnings on all the bridges during commute this morning and wind was still strong during evening commute.


18 posted on 10/27/2009 8:33:39 PM PDT by w1andsodidwe (Jimmy Carter(the Godfather of Terror) allowed radical Islam to get a foothold in Iran.)
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To: Wacka

Roger that.


19 posted on 10/27/2009 8:33:44 PM PDT by Ramius (Personally, I give us... one chance in three. More tea?)
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To: Ramius
OMG... the Bay Bridge is closed in both directions? Indefinitely? Woah... what a mess this will make of things in the Bay area.

The bay area asked for it.

Be careful what you ask for....you might just get it.

20 posted on 10/27/2009 8:33:48 PM PDT by elkfersupper (Member of the Original Defiant Class)
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