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    I-5 Bridge Collapse

    Reports on twitter the I-5 bridge over the Skagit River has collapsed. Vehicles in the water.

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    Re: I-5 Bridge Collapse

    Wow, this is the town I live in. I drove that bridge 3-4 times this week on the way to work. Very scary stuff. That is a very heavily travelled bit of road as the main north-south route between Vancouver and Seattle. No deaths being reported yet, but they did say that there were 3 cars on the deck that had fallen.


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    Re: I-5 Bridge Collapse

    The river is very high right now from the annual run-off coming out of the mountains. The water is very cold year round - about 45 degrees right now but never gets above about 60. The Skagit River is the second largest river on the west coast behind the Columbia.


    You can spend a lot of time and money picking out the perfect floral bouquet for your date ... but you're probably better off checking if you have bad breath and taking the porn out of the glove compartment.

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    Re: I-5 Bridge Collapse

    Maybe this will finally convince Seattle to do something about that viaduct that runs along the south side of downtown by the market. Has anyone ever seen that thing??? I was absolutely shocked that they allowed vehicles to drive on something so derelict.



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    Re: I-5 Bridge Collapse

    Local news just did a story on the condition of bridges and roadways around the state earlier this week, and civil engineers who performed the investigation gave them a D. As I recall it's similar to what had happened in Minneapolis years ago in that inspections/maintenance wasn't performed as often as necessary. Thankfully it was well after rush hour, but they're saying that this bridge sees 70,000 vehicles per day.


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    Guy sitting on top of his car. @naedttam
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    Re: I-5 Bridge Collapse

    Quote Originally Posted by besserheimerphat View Post
    Local news just did a story on the condition of bridges and roadways around the state earlier this week, and civil engineers who performed the investigation gave them a D. As I recall it's similar to what had happened in Minneapolis years ago in that inspections/maintenance wasn't performed as often as necessary. Thankfully it was well after rush hour, but they're saying that this bridge sees 70,000 vehicles per day.
    Overall U.S. bridge grades are a C+. Overall U.S. Infrastructure gets a D+.



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    Re: I-5 Bridge Collapse

    Solution: Keep spending boatloads of American taxpayer dollars overseas.



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    Quote Originally Posted by CyArob View Post
    Overall U.S. bridge grades are a C+. Overall U.S. Infrastructure gets a D+.

    Now that's something to be proud of.



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    Re: I-5 Bridge Collapse

    Quote Originally Posted by besserheimerphat View Post
    Local news just did a story on the condition of bridges and roadways around the state earlier this week, and civil engineers who performed the investigation gave them a D. As I recall it's similar to what had happened in Minneapolis years ago in that inspections/maintenance wasn't performed as often as necessary. Thankfully it was well after rush hour, but they're saying that this bridge sees 70,000 vehicles per day.
    Not anymore it doesn't...


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    Re: I-5 Bridge Collapse

    Quote Originally Posted by cyhawkdmb View Post
    Now that's something to be proud of.
    Here's a link to the ASCE grades. As you can see, infrastructure in our country is old, falling apart, and pretty much ignored. 2013 ReportCard on America's Infrastructure | Grades



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    Re: I-5 Bridge Collapse

    Driven that stretch several times. Yikes!


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    Re: I-5 Bridge Collapse

    Infrastructure is an excellent excuse to increase spending, but unfortunately that's about all it is.



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    Re: I-5 Bridge Collapse

    Quote Originally Posted by DistrictCyclone View Post
    Maybe this will finally convince Seattle to do something about that viaduct that runs along the south side of downtown by the market. Has anyone ever seen that thing??? I was absolutely shocked that they allowed vehicles to drive on something so derelict.
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