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(ABC7 Chicago)   All this bridge needs is a camera and it will give some competition to 11 ft 8   (abc7chicago.com) divider line
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3643 clicks; posted to Main » on 27 Sep 2022 at 4:35 PM (9 weeks ago)   |   Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook



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2022-09-27 4:05:47 PM  
News article at the side:

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I'd think that would be the common result of having people drive through a loop.

Vertical loop? Why would you do that?
 
2022-09-27 4:38:57 PM  
8'6"? What is this, a bridge for ants?
 
2022-09-27 4:40:51 PM  
Maybe the answer is to lower the barrier height to something obviously too low for a truck, like 7 ft or so. Some idiots would still ignore the warnings and hit it, but there'd be little risk of damage when it's a much smaller vehicle, and the cleanup would go faster and easier.
 
2022-09-27 4:46:09 PM  
All the bridge needs is a structure made of used telephone poles about 200 yards in front of it that spans the road and is just a little lower than the bridge. PROBLEM SOLVED NEXT PROBLEM PLEASE
 
2022-09-27 4:47:42 PM  
Put emergency braking sensors along the top of trucks would fix this.
 
2022-09-27 4:53:50 PM  
"Just last week, it was renamed the "Robert Parker Coffin Bridge," after the bridge's original designer."


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2022-09-27 4:55:20 PM  

stuffy: Put emergency braking sensors along the top of trucks would fix this.


Say, aren't you the CEO and Chief Marketing officer of the Stuffy Emergency Truck Braking Censors company?
 
TWX
2022-09-27 4:57:29 PM  

jjorsett: Maybe the answer is to lower the barrier height to something obviously too low for a truck, like 7 ft or so. Some idiots would still ignore the warnings and hit it, but there'd be little risk of damage when it's a much smaller vehicle, and the cleanup would go faster and easier.


7' would be too low for even many normal passenger vehicles.

8'6" is probably about right for normal light-trucks and passenger vehicles.

Look at how the cab's roof was crushed.  What happened, the van-body (ie the box) stopped when it hit the bridge.  The truck front rotated upwards upon this point, and the cab then smashed into the "X" brace underneath, crushing it down significantly.

They were driving at a fairly considerable speed to do that.
 
2022-09-27 5:02:08 PM  
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2022-09-27 5:04:39 PM  

jjorsett: Maybe the answer is to lower the barrier height to something obviously too low for a truck, like 7 ft or so. Some idiots would still ignore the warnings and hit it, but there'd be little risk of damage when it's a much smaller vehicle, and the cleanup would go faster and easier.


Maybe the answer is to design frequently-rebuilt reproductions of covered bridges with 14 feet of clearance, the recommended minimum on public roads in the US.

If you want to build a historically proportioned reproduction of a covered bridge, build it somewhere not connected to roads, or if you want it in the same place, eliminate the roads connected to it.
 
2022-09-27 5:08:13 PM  
The sign on the side also says weight limit 5 tons. That truck probably has a GVWR of around 15,000 -18,000 lbs., so if it was fully loaded, it also exceeded that limit, too.

350/3500 series dual pickups can exceed 5 tons.
 
2022-09-27 5:09:30 PM  

jjorsett: Maybe the answer is to lower the barrier height to something obviously too low for a truck, like 7 ft or so. Some idiots would still ignore the warnings and hit it, but there'd be little risk of damage when it's a much smaller vehicle, and the cleanup would go faster and easier.


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I think the steel inter-structure got the point across.
 
2022-09-27 5:13:16 PM  
Is the average truck driver all methed-up and not paying attention to signs? This bridge is a little low, maybe not completely the fault of meth.
 
2022-09-27 5:13:55 PM  
Wow, I used to ride my bike over that bridge all the time. Was the quickest way to the Long Grove Confectionery from my house.
 
2022-09-27 5:23:55 PM  

steklo: [Fark user image 570x387]


They're usually found after the second chorus.
 
2022-09-27 5:26:14 PM  

BigChad: Wow, I used to ride my bike over that bridge all the time. Was the quickest way to the Long Grove Confectionery from my house.


It might have still been all wood at that point too. They were basically forced to install the steel frame after an oversized truck smashed into it days after being placed on the national register of historic places. Then the very day it was opened after being refurbished, it was struck again by a school bus.

The bridge getting hit is basically a running joke in the northern suburbs now.
 
2022-09-27 6:17:48 PM  

TWX: jjorsett: Maybe the answer is to lower the barrier height to something obviously too low for a truck, like 7 ft or so. Some idiots would still ignore the warnings and hit it, but there'd be little risk of damage when it's a much smaller vehicle, and the cleanup would go faster and easier.

7' would be too low for even many normal passenger vehicles.

8'6" is probably about right for normal light-trucks and passenger vehicles.

Look at how the cab's roof was crushed.  What happened, the van-body (ie the box) stopped when it hit the bridge.  The truck front rotated upwards upon this point, and the cab then smashed into the "X" brace underneath, crushing it down significantly.

They were driving at a fairly considerable speed to do that.


If you go fast enough you can slip right through. He saw it Tom and Jerry.
 
2022-09-27 6:19:15 PM  

scruffythecat: Is the average truck driver all methed-up and not paying attention to signs? This bridge is a little low, maybe not completely the fault of meth.


I think they're just throwing warm bodies behind the wheel now. Reading and math optional.
 
2022-09-27 6:20:29 PM  

The Irresponsible Captain: TWX: jjorsett: Maybe the answer is to lower the barrier height to something obviously too low for a truck, like 7 ft or so. Some idiots would still ignore the warnings and hit it, but there'd be little risk of damage when it's a much smaller vehicle, and the cleanup would go faster and easier.

7' would be too low for even many normal passenger vehicles.

8'6" is probably about right for normal light-trucks and passenger vehicles.

Look at how the cab's roof was crushed.  What happened, the van-body (ie the box) stopped when it hit the bridge.  The truck front rotated upwards upon this point, and the cab then smashed into the "X" brace underneath, crushing it down significantly.

They were driving at a fairly considerable speed to do that.

If you go fast enough you can slip right through. He saw it Tom and Jerry.


* missed a preposition there.
 
2022-09-27 6:41:29 PM  

steklo: [Fark user image 570x387]


Were you gonna drive that Cadillac off the bridge?
 
db2
2022-09-27 6:58:35 PM  
They should rename it Extra High Bridge. Just for fun.
 
zez
2022-09-27 7:48:02 PM  
I carry my bikes on the roof of my car, I measured it out to be 9ft. I don't go through any drive through less than 10"

So glad covid is over so I can go inside to order again.
 
2022-09-27 8:08:46 PM  
Just last week, it was renamed the "Robert Parker Coffin Bridge," after the bridge's original designer.

Somebody should get a Halls, and stop that coffin'.

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2022-09-27 8:51:49 PM  

germ78: BigChad: Wow, I used to ride my bike over that bridge all the time. Was the quickest way to the Long Grove Confectionery from my house.

It might have still been all wood at that point too. They were basically forced to install the steel frame after an oversized truck smashed into it days after being placed on the national register of historic places. Then the very day it was opened after being refurbished, it was struck again by a school bus.

The bridge getting hit is basically a running joke in the northern suburbs now.


Fark raked this over the coals a couple of years ago. The covering serves to protect the actual load-bearing steel (maybe iron, being well over 100 years old) bridge from the elements, just as it would for a wooden bridge. The overhead steel structure serves only to support the wooden covering and carries no traffic load. It's interesting that the loads and clearances changed in the months before re-opening (see pics in the linked thread) and were a bit below the five tons mentioned.

Maybe all that ferrous content makes it an idiot magnet?
 
2022-09-27 8:58:59 PM  
It's not that there's no alternative.

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2022-09-27 9:11:04 PM  

I_Am_Weasel: Vertical loop? Why would you do that?


Botched Immelmann.
 
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