Thursday, August 02, 2007

The Bridge

I can't even fathom what it was like to be on this thing.

8 comments:

Jodie K said...

I have a co-worker with a co-worker who's not been heard from. She said you can't really understand the scope from the pics on TV. It's just massive.

And she drives that bridge every day. Grace of God.

PJ said...

Beyond belief devastating. When I saw this on the Comcast page, I just sat here, stunned. There just are no words.

DangerDoll said...

I remember seeing the collapsed Nimitz Freeway in '89 and literally having nightmares at the thought of being crushed like that. This is just as horrible. I'm looking at it on Google Earth now, which shows the bridge "before". Gives the "after" on CNN a lot more magnitude.

It's amazing there weren't more fatalities.

Cheezy said...

How terrible, I saw this on the news last night. Someone's head needs to roll after this one, surely.

PJ said...

Someone's head needs to roll after this one, surely.

I just saw a report that said Minnesota officials had been warned as far back as 1990 that the bridge was structurally unsound. It was built in an unusual way, without any pylons or supports that would be in the way of barges traveling the river. I'm thinking maybe that wasn't the best strategy.

Jodie K said...

Jeff, do you recall the family killed when a girder swung from an overpass over I-25? Was that due to a construction or infrastructure failure and was anyone held accountable?

A street in Manhattan blew up a few weeks back, caused by a steam pipe placed in the 1920's. Can we correct and rebuild America’s bones?

Ole Blue The Heretic said...

It is like the end of the world is coming. Your life flashes through your eyes when you realize you may die, in a river, with no hope.

Mark said...

"Can we correct and rebuild America’s bones?"

Probably not to any great extent. So much of it was done under the WPA that it would be cost prohibitive today to rebuild and repair all of it.