Bridge collapse

Irafly

Indi "Ira" Jones
#31
Well I drove up to B-Ham tonight to present to the 4-Corners group and just as I'm about to speak my wife tries calling. Hmmm? I think, she knows I'm giving a presentation tonight why would she call? Then she calls again and again and again and each time I just turn it off. Luckily someone let me know what was happening and the folks at the meeting let me take a quick break to call her back. I missed the collapse by about 30 minutes or so but to her that was way to close not to call to make sure I was ok. The drive home was fairly easy with little traffic really. Heck it was a lot better than tulip traffic for that matter.

I listened to the radio all the way home and the fact that at this point there are no fatalities seems amazing to me.
 
#33
Well I drove up to B-Ham tonight to present to the 4-Corners group and just as I'm about to speak my wife tries calling. Hmmm? I think, she knows I'm giving a presentation tonight why would she call? Then she calls again and again and again and each time I just turn it off. Luckily someone let me know what was happening and the folks at the meeting let me take a quick break to call her back. I missed the collapse by about 30 minutes or so but to her that was way to close not to call to make sure I was ok. The drive home was fairly easy with little traffic really. Heck it was a lot better than tulip traffic for that matter.

I listened to the radio all the way home and the fact that at this point there are no fatalities seems amazing to me.
Ira gets extra bonus points for taking all this in stride and still delivering an excellent program for our club. Thanks Ira!
 

jjaims

Active Member
#35
Yeah good thing no deaths . Must have been terrifying riding that bridge down.

seriously though ...... We all know it was an inside job by Bush. No way just a semi truck hitting a girder could have taken the whole bridge down:-/
 

Old Man

Just an Old Man
#36
I saw this flashed on CNN last night. Can't find anymore on this from my neck of the woods. But if I wanted to see anything newsy I could watch that stupid trial Of that bitch Jody Arias. That seems more important than real news. NOT.
 
#37
I saw a report that 72,000 cars a day use that bridge thats a lot of headaches for drivers for a while.

jesse, (from a dude ranch in Colorado where 20 cars a day and 60 horses go by the road in front of our lodge)
 

KerryS

Ignored Member
#38
Thank god no one was seriously injured. Amazing, if you know that bridge and how many people drive over it every day. And this happened just after rush hour. This could have been much more serious.

One more thing, I apologize to the board for going off on dryflylarry. I was shaken up over what happened. My wife was on the Riverside Bridge when the I5 bridge collapsed and was giving me an eye witness account of the event from her cell phone. As you may understand she was very upset as she was watching the people in the vehicles in the water struggle to get out. I could only think of the worst.

We were lucky. My wife made a last minute decision to go to the store on her way home from a meeting in Mt. Vernon and decided to take Burlington Blvd. instead of I5. That small insignificant decision could very well have saved her life.

From a different point of view; perhaps this will keep many of the city folks away from our valley over the holiday weekend, awesome. I hate city folk.
 

Kent Lufkin

Remember when you could remember everything?
#39
NPR is reporting this morning that the bridge was built in the mid-1950s from a design that's nearly a century old. In an interview, one official suggested a replacement bridge could take 2-3 years to build.

K
 

KerryS

Ignored Member
#41
NPR is reporting this morning that the bridge was built in the mid-1950s from a design that's nearly a century old. In an interview, one official suggested a replacement bridge could take 2-3 years to build.

K
It certainly won't be easy or quick to replace. Nor will it be cheap. My guess is it will cost in the neighborhood of 100 million if they build a new bridge from scratch. There is talk of replacing the collapsed span until a new bridge can be built.

This valley is going to be a mess traffic wise for a long time. Glad I both live and work on the north side of the bridge and have little need to visit anything south of here.
 

Josh

dead in the water
#43
If anyone has a sneak route feel free to PM me. I travel between Gig Harbor and Glacier a bit. Thanks!
There aren't really any "sneak routes" to get from here to there. Everything is on the map and will be known by anyone trying to go north or south. Unless you have an airplane, there's no way around it.