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Old 10-28-2009, 12:20 PM   #76
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The original failure was not an I-beam. It was a tension link with a pinned connection at each end. Basically a flat piece of steel shaped like an enlongated chain link. In other words a bar with an eye on each end.

It sounds like the second failure was a tensioned rod, which caused a temporary bracket to fall. There are pictures of all this at the link on the first post.
eye stand corrected. Apologies to all, and carry on as you were :-).
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Old 10-28-2009, 12:29 PM   #77
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eye stand corrected. Apologies to all, and carry on as you were :-).
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Old 10-28-2009, 12:58 PM   #78
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Old 10-28-2009, 01:19 PM   #79
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All those stuck commuters can thank Porkbarrel Willie Brown for this one... the new bridge would have been done a year ago if not for his heightened aesthetic sense and insistence on cutting all his thieving political allies in on the deal.
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Old 10-28-2009, 03:48 PM   #80
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Let the Barrista Monday morning quarterbacking continue. Blame Cal Trans, the installers, Willie Brown, CC Meyers, the engineers, Chinese Steel, Arizona Steel and the Pillsbury dough boy. I'm just surprised GW hasn't been blamed yet.
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Old 10-28-2009, 04:22 PM   #81
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Obviously G Dub had nothing to do with this. Clearly, it was Obama's fault.

+1 on the "I am glad I don't take the Bay Bridge but once or twice a year" comment. That whole thing is going to collapse one day and a LOT of people will die or get injured in an instant.

If you have seen the show on Discovery, all of America's infrastructure is at risk. Most of it was built back in the 40's and 50's and had basic maintenance until now. The problem is the structures typically have life spans of only 50 years. So it's at the point where maintaining is no longer a preventative measure for failure. The stuff needs to be replaced. Remember that bridge that fell in Minneapolis? Exactly.
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Old 10-28-2009, 05:19 PM   #82
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But ducky, massive government subsidized projects to rebuild our failing road infrastructure is socialism!
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Old 10-28-2009, 06:11 PM   #83
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But ducky, massive government subsidized projects to rebuild our failing road infrastructure is socialism!
We'll end up just like SWEDEN. With BRIDGES. Do you want to live in Sweden with bridges? DO YOU???



Oh btw, now they have all sorts of cones and Road Closed signs blocking off the bridge right at the TI exit, but the traffic up until that point is pretty much unobstructed. When I went to 2nd and Bryant there was no line at all this time, and the entrance ramp was open.

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Old 10-28-2009, 06:16 PM   #84
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I want to live in France with that badass viaduct that they built in three years, for about $500 mil.

Or at least hire those guys to redo the BB.
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Old 10-28-2009, 06:39 PM   #85
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I just realized how bad azz of a picture it would be to take a photo of your bike on the bridge with no cars...that would be the most awesomeness picture ever, LOL
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Old 10-28-2009, 06:48 PM   #86
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I just realized how bad azz of a picture it would be to take a photo of your bike on the bridge with no cars...that would be the most awesomeness picture ever, LOL
That would be pretty sweet. A once in a lifetime photo really if one could get it done. I would want a shot of the bike at a 45 angle on a rearstand right in front of a westside tower. A nighttime shot of that with the tower and sf skyline as a backdrop would be sick.

My thoughts on this incident have been more along the lines of "what if I'd been riding there when the saddle failed" though. Sorta sketchy.
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Old 10-28-2009, 09:00 PM   #87
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All those stuck commuters can thank Porkbarrel Willie Brown for this one... the new bridge would have been done a year ago if not for his heightened aesthetic sense and insistence on cutting all his thieving political allies in on the deal.
I, for one, appreciate a heightened aesthetic sense. What's wrong with building a world class structure?
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Old 10-28-2009, 09:59 PM   #88
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I just realized how bad azz of a picture it would be to take a photo of your bike on the bridge with no cars...that would be the most awesomeness picture ever, LOL
I was thinking the same thing, too bad I'm out of town or I would have tried to get some pics.

My previous bike/bridge pics haven't turned out that great though.
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Effin creepy is what it is.
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Old 10-28-2009, 10:57 PM   #90
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It's kinda fun! They've put a lot of orange cones out there now to tell people to just stay in the middle lane... but now I just want to play in them.
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