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    Lucky that only 3 cars went into the drink and that everyone is safe.

    Strange that a truck hitting a beam was enough to make the bridge go down...especially as it wasn't a collision, but a kind of swipe. There had to have been something structurally wrong with it for a swipe to bring something that size down...like a precise hit ie. hitting the achilles heel. They'll figure it out and meanwhile at least there was minimal damage to people/cars.

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    Quote Originally Posted by liv View Post
    Lucky that only 3 cars went into the drink and that everyone is safe.

    Strange that a truck hitting a beam was enough to make the bridge go down...especially as it wasn't a collision, but a kind of swipe. There had to have been something structurally wrong with it for a swipe to bring something that size down...like a precise hit ie. hitting the achilles heel. They'll figure it out and meanwhile at least there was minimal damage to people/cars.
    I've broken 20mL beakers by only dropping them a few inches, because they hit the counter at the exact spot where it's apparently weakest...Small beakers are supposed to be hard to break.

    It would be helpful if a bridge's structurally weak spot was NOT in a place where a vehicle could hit it....

    SO glad everyone got out alive of that! So frightening!

    And yeah, it's definitely a situation where people don't think it needs attention until something like this happens...

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    I have no evidence to support this, but based on the fact that the bridge was shorter than standard, I would bet it was hit a number of times over the years. This was just the hit that took it down.

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    In NY/NJ, trucks with oversized loads had to be accompanied by an escort vehicle. On the very-narrow Goethals Bridge, the Port Authority has a waiting area on each side. The PA escort stops traffic to allow the truck to use both lanes. (Whenever possible, it's done during light-traffic times and they try to have more than one truck cross at the same time.)

    I've seen escorted oversize loads in other states as well, especially near bridges and highways with overpasses.

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    I was when I saw this on the news. Like the other Vancouver/Seattle area FSUers I too have driven over this bridge many times....scary to think that it was "functionally obsolete". Very fortunate that no one was killed when it collapsed.

    According to today's Globe and Mail, the mayor of Mount Vernon is trying to find a temporary bridge (Bailey bridge) somewhere in North America that the city can borrow until a new bridge can be built.
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    A crosscut.com article earlier today said that they're checking to see if the foundations will support a Bailey ridge, a temporary bridge construction used during WW II. If one can be found and the foundation hasn't been too damaged, the bridge could be up as early as a few weeks, as opposed to months to rebuild the bridge.

    About 30 minutes ago on the train to Vancouver, which uses a separate bridge, while I was waiting for a barely edible pizza to emerge from the dining car microwave, the conductor came on over the loudspeaker and said,

    "This, folks, is the moment you've all beeen waiting for: if you look out the left side of the train as we cross the Skagit River, you will see part of the I-5 bridge in the water."

    Sure enough, there it was.

    ETA: here's the link to the crosscut.com article:
    http://crosscut.com/2013/05/25/trans...6ccb-278618759
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    We were just talking about this at home, saying that Bellingham must be celebrating just a little bit because the river prevents anyone from going further south to the outlets in Mount Vernon or Seattle. So with the bridge collapse all cross border Canadians now have to stay and spend their money in their town!! I noticed in the last few years that most cross border shoppers bypass Bellingham to the other shops especially the Premium Outlets near Seattle.
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    There's a wonderful set of restaurants in Fairhaven, which makes Bellingham a great destination on the way down and/or back.
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    I love to eat in Fairhaven.....yummmmm.

    I live in Bellingham and only go south towards Seattle when absolutely needed. Now with the bridge out, I am even more thankful that I don't need to go down there for anything.

    I think lots of Canadian shoppers already stay in Bellingham to shop. I haven't noticed an increase so far though, but then again I don't work in retail.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LadyM76 View Post
    I think lots of Canadian shoppers already stay in Bellingham to shop. I haven't noticed an increase so far though, but then again I don't work in retail.
    If the primary purpose of my trip is shopping, I don't go further than Bellingham. I have zero interest in the types of stores & merchandise -- not to mention the whole "feel" -- at the outlet malls. But I don't know how typical a shopper I am.

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    When it comes to shopping and getting gas, I stay in Bellingham.

    The Outlet mall does not have many deals (although my mom loves the Coach Outlet). Actually, the outlets in BC will likely have better deals.

    I love Fairhaven as well. Downtown Bellingham is lovely also--a wonderful ice cream shop.

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    Quote Originally Posted by heckles View Post
    Canadian driver. Figures.
    Alberta driver.

    (Back in the day when Alberta had yellow licence plates, we had a joke when out-of-province folks would see the occasional yellow plates and ask what they meant. We used to say that those were the ones we gave to the really bad drivers. )

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    The temporary replacement bridge opened this morning. story

    It's narrower so traffic has to slow to 40 mph to cross ... but that's still better than the 2+ hours of detour folks were facing!

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    I've taken Bolt Bus several times since the bridge collapse, and the northbound detour route goes along the road in Burlington with any big box stores, premium oulets, and traffic lights, and, even so, the longest detour was 30 minutes going southbound through lots of farmland. (I was half expecting to see a sign to Boise.). Watching the bottleneck going further south than the bus, I wish that we could continue to take the detour route until the permanent bridge is up, because at least we were moving . Maybe buses will be classified as "oversized vehicles."

    Sad news about the state trooper.
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