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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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To: Wacka

Gotta love that union labor


21 posted on 10/27/2009 8:34:14 PM PDT by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: BigBobber

I am shocked, made in China!!!

Well, likely to be lots more of course, but hey, they are far less expensive, aren’t they???

Yeah, shutting it down is the only option IMO.


22 posted on 10/27/2009 8:34:18 PM PDT by elpinta (Change: check. Hope: not so much.)
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To: elkfersupper
The bay area asked for it.

[snicker] Well, OK... there's that.

23 posted on 10/27/2009 8:35:32 PM PDT by Ramius (Personally, I give us... one chance in three. More tea?)
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To: Thidwick
A chunk of steel lay in the middle of the far left lane of the upper deck and an object that appeared to be a cable was on a Ryder truck dangling from the side of the span.

Unclear here what was dangling? The Ryder truck?

24 posted on 10/27/2009 8:37:09 PM PDT by w1andsodidwe (Jimmy Carter(the Godfather of Terror) allowed radical Islam to get a foothold in Iran.)
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To: Thidwick
"...an object that appeared to be a cable was on a Ryder truck dangling from the side of the span."

What was dangling from the side of the span???

25 posted on 10/27/2009 8:42:59 PM PDT by LucyJo
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To: w1andsodidwe

LOL. Same thought.


26 posted on 10/27/2009 8:43:52 PM PDT by LucyJo
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To: LucyJo

Guess we think alike.


27 posted on 10/27/2009 8:44:08 PM PDT by w1andsodidwe (Jimmy Carter(the Godfather of Terror) allowed radical Islam to get a foothold in Iran.)
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To: w1andsodidwe

The bracket they put on the cracked area on Labor Day weekend. It came off an landed on the upper deck. The cable was attached to it. There is nothing really dangling. The cable is about the thickness of an arm and struck the Ryder truck. The driver had minor injuries (he was on the news).
This area has to stand for about 2-3 more years until the new bridge is finished. It’s amazing how they are building a new bridge and integrating it to the existing tunnel on Yerba Buena Island with only three scheduled closures.


28 posted on 10/27/2009 8:45:35 PM PDT by Wacka
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To: w1andsodidwe

one of the videos from the website has an interview with the Rider truck driver....a must see!


29 posted on 10/27/2009 8:55:13 PM PDT by TaxPayer2000 (The United States shall guarantee to every state in this union a republican form of government,)
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To: Wacka
It sounds like they misunderestimated the stress that the parts were going under.
30 posted on 10/27/2009 8:57:45 PM PDT by Domangart (editor and publisher)
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To: Domangart

Made in China, eh? I guess they can’t find any welders in Cali. You get what you pay for.


31 posted on 10/27/2009 9:00:38 PM PDT by Lockbar (March toward the sound of the guns.)
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To: Randy Larsen

I just ventured out and went down across that bridge around the first of October... (BLEEP!!!)


32 posted on 10/27/2009 9:01:48 PM PDT by SierraWasp ("Homeland Defense" begins at HOME!!! He who hesitates, is LOST!!!)
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To: Thidwick

Thank goodness no one was hit by them.


33 posted on 10/27/2009 9:07:59 PM PDT by Psycho_Bunny (ALSO SPRACH ZEROTHUSTRA)
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To: Ramius

There will be no mess of traffic. Does anyone still work in kalifornica? They are all retired!


34 posted on 10/27/2009 9:09:12 PM PDT by US_MilitaryRules (Become a monthly donor or FR won't be here for you!)
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To: Lockbar

The parts for the new bridge are made in China.
The bracket that fell was an emergency repair that is supposed to last until they tear down the old bridge. That was made and flown in from Arizona.


35 posted on 10/27/2009 9:13:55 PM PDT by Wacka
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To: Wacka

I’d rather be sitting here in the Colorado snow than be in that traffic.


36 posted on 10/27/2009 9:22:05 PM PDT by cicero2k
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To: Lockbar

No. Those parts were fabricated here in Sacramento. The problem it appears is they never asked why those parts failed in the first place. They thought that it was over time. It appears to lack the strength to take the stress. They need a thicker washer plate. They just don’t know the stress factor.


37 posted on 10/27/2009 9:34:51 PM PDT by Domangart (editor and publisher)
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To: Thidwick

Jeez - I hate when that happens ...


38 posted on 10/27/2009 9:47:52 PM PDT by Lmo56
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To: US_MilitaryRules
Does anyone still work in kalifornica?

There is a big difference between (a) working and (b) producing excellent products that the entire world wants to buy. The former is still practiced. The latter is nearly extinct. Silicon Valley helps, but it's not enough - the "service industry" drags everything down because you can't export sandwiches.

39 posted on 10/27/2009 9:57:37 PM PDT by Greysard
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To: Thidwick

If this happened without an earthquake, imagine what a 5.0 on the Richter scale will do, nonetheless anything stronger.


40 posted on 10/27/2009 10:18:38 PM PDT by Thunder90 (Fighting for truth and the American way... http://citizensfortruthandtheamericanway.blogspot.com/)
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To: Thunder90

A 5.0 probably wouldn’t do anything. The 1989 quake was 60 miles away and a 6.9-7, almost 100 times stronger.


41 posted on 10/27/2009 10:34:04 PM PDT by Wacka
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To: Domangart

Sounds like they should put you in charge of the project. I don’t know what the heck a “washer plate” is but if you’ve narrowed down the problem that specifically based on news reports, seems like you’re brighter than the folks overseeing the bridge work.


42 posted on 10/27/2009 10:49:47 PM PDT by baa39
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To: ThomasThomas
Another major concern is the delay in finishing the schematic designs, which are being drawn up by a team in Vancouver, British Columbia.

Oh but Arnold saved money by screwing Bechtel and going with his buddy (and financial backer) Warren Buffet's buddy Peter Kiewit (in whom Warren is invested). Who cares about the cost of delays; the bid was less (at first).

43 posted on 10/27/2009 11:13:02 PM PDT by Carry_Okie (Grovelnator Schwarzenkaiser, fashionable fascism one charade at a time.)
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To: BigBobber

California spent so much money on medicaid fraud and welfare for illegal immigrants, so now it can’t afford to buy high quality steel made in America. It feels good to be out of there permanently, although my hometown will always be my hometown.


44 posted on 10/27/2009 11:17:26 PM PDT by your local physicist (If the Canadians and Brazilians can drill for oil off their Atlantic coast, why can't we?)
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To: Thidwick
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.

They should have used duct tape (or maybe they did).

45 posted on 10/27/2009 11:20:29 PM PDT by Moonman62 (The issue of whether cheap labor makes America great should have been settled by the Civil War.)
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To: Carry_Okie

You know I’m really starting to think all these quality problems in Chinese products (steel, drywall, toothpaste, etc.) are not a coincidence. How could all that drywall shipped to America be contaminated with noxious chemicals when none of the other drywall made in China has that problem? I don’t buy their explanation.


46 posted on 10/27/2009 11:23:45 PM PDT by your local physicist (If the Canadians and Brazilians can drill for oil off their Atlantic coast, why can't we?)
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To: BigBobber
Said the parts were made in China.

I just lost all confidence in that bridge.

47 posted on 10/27/2009 11:31:21 PM PDT by giotto
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To: Thidwick

Gah..Im glad Im not the guy who has to repair that thing. I think jumping out of a plane is easier next to that.


48 posted on 10/27/2009 11:48:13 PM PDT by Soothesayer9
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To: TaxPayer2000; All
one of the videos from the website has an interview with the Rider truck driver....a must see!

Go see the vid clip folks. A good chuckle.

"I see dis in da movie but, ah, I never see dis, uh, uh, like dat!"

49 posted on 10/28/2009 12:39:59 AM PDT by houeto (I peered inside the Treasury's door and alas, the entire vault was empty. We've been robbed!)
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To: Thidwick
..people of the bay area will be worried, some human robot in China, who's responsibility is to get things done, is on the “short list”
50 posted on 10/28/2009 2:14:59 AM PDT by Doogle (USAF.68-73..8th TFW Ubon Thailand..never store a threat you should have eliminated))
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