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Old 12-07-2014, 09:20 PM   #11
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What I noticed is every time that bridge is hit, the bridge structure never budges. It was built 100 yrs ago, they sure don't build them like that today.
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Old 12-08-2014, 10:23 AM   #12
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This bridge averages one a month.. how hard would it be for the city to lower the asphalt by 1 foot? This would eliminate the police calls there and the city would actually save money..
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Old 12-08-2014, 10:53 AM   #13
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What I noticed is every time that bridge is hit, the bridge structure never budges. It was built 100 yrs ago, they sure don't build them like that today.
Actually, they no longer hit the bridge. On the About page of the website, it says:

"So frequently do trucks crash into the 11-foot-8 clearance trestle, that the railroad company installed a crash beam in front of it. This massive steel I-beam bears the brunt of the impact, protecting the structure that supports this fairly busy railroad track. Believe it or not – they already had to replace the beam once!"

Here's a picture of the beam. It doesn't say when the beam was installed so maybe the unfortunate vehicles did hit the bridge in some of the videos.
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Why not lead high traffic away from this situation or as Seans says lower the asphalt by 1 foot, I think there's a lot of lack and will by the authorities to solve this problem.
The cost of the write offs would have paid for lowering the asphalt.
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Old 12-08-2014, 06:03 PM   #15
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Actually, they no longer hit the bridge. On the About page of the website, it says:

"So frequently do trucks crash into the 11-foot-8 clearance trestle, that the railroad company installed a crash beam in front of it. This massive steel I-beam bears the brunt of the impact, protecting the structure that supports this fairly busy railroad track. Believe it or not they already had to replace the beam once!"

Here's a picture of the beam. It doesn't say when the beam was installed so maybe the unfortunate vehicles did hit the bridge in some of the videos.
Thanks FPM for pointing that out. I did not notice that beam.
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Old 12-08-2014, 07:50 PM   #16
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That low bridge is rather infamous around here. The rented box trucks are not a surprise since those drivers are normally in a Civic and forget they are in a huge container. The drivers of company vehicles are likely unemployed the next day.

Technically my Greyhawk would fit but it would be with only about 2" to spare. I'd go around the block.
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Old 12-09-2014, 04:44 PM   #17
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There is another railway underpass in Durham that has even less clearance, only 11'-4". According to the local news, another truck wedged itself under it yesterday.
http://www.wral.com/tractor-trailer-...rham/14259647/
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I-10, Mobile, AL has their Wallace Tunnel. I forget the clearance but same story, usually at 55 MPH. Lots of warnings but tired drivers continue onward.
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They need to suspend a log at the 11'7" mark about 100ft before the bridge.
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But most wont know they hit that sign as it happens behind the driver...
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