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Old 08-31-2021, 06:03 PM
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Two killed, ten injured when Miss Highway Collapses....

It happened at night in pouring rain while visibility was LOW.

https://nypost.com/2021/08/31/mississippi-highway-collapses-in-ida-aftermath-killing-2/

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Old 09-01-2021, 02:54 PM
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Wow, shocking stuff. Amazing what can happen to you on the roadways. Reminds me of the deaths on the 880 freeway during Loma Prieta. Imagine the portion of the freeway above you collapses on you, might not know what hit you, or you might. And there was the driver who drove off the edge of the collapsed Bay bridge. Would be a tad shocking.

Years ago in Seattle a portion of one of the floating bridge raised up inexplicably. Just found the article, they called it a drawspan. While conducting a test designed to only check the electronics, the section of the roadway rose up, killing one woman and injuring six others. How weird would that be, to suddenly have steel and concrete rise in front of you while traveling at high speed.

https://www.nytimes.com/1989/12/24/us/woman-killed-as-seattle-span-opens-accidentally.html
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Old 09-01-2021, 11:32 PM
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I do my best to not go driving after the sun goes down. Ditto for traveling during HEAVY rain storms. When you can't see two feet in front of the car due to heavy rain, TIME TO PULL OVER AND TURN THE CAR OFF!
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Old 09-01-2021, 11:56 PM
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There was a study a while back they indicated a huge number of bridges in the US are in serious need of repair or replacement.
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Old 09-02-2021, 07:06 PM
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I suggest you go out on a rainy dark night as a test and let the rest of us know where the problem bridges are located.....
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Old 09-02-2021, 10:28 PM
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That was not in the spirit of his post. I will agree that driving in heavy rain is not the smartest thing. But driving after dark? Oh my God I do it all the time. Never an issue.
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Old 09-03-2021, 08:39 AM
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Father used to say use your brain and stay out of trouble. He also said trouble starts after the sun goes down. Driving involves speed, turning and braking. After dark, it is twice as difficult to judge speeds, braking and distances of other drivers which means you have placed yourself and your car at higher risk of collision.

Twice as many collisions/crashes occur between the hours of 3:00 PM and 6:00 Pm on FRIDAYS versus the rest of the week.

Your chances of getting pulled to the curb by PD for a "DUI enforcement stop" after 8:00 PM on both Friday and Saturday night are quite high. Once the cops pull you to the curb they are highly motivated to "find something wrong" which means $$$$$ out of hip national bank and/or a night, two or three in jail.

Reason #98 to get your business done during DAYLIGHT HOURS.
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Old 09-03-2021, 06:33 PM
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More people get drunk at that time on those days and drive. Nothing mysterious about it.
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Old 09-03-2021, 10:25 PM
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I thought this had to do with infrastructure, not an unhinged husky rant. At any rate, bridges have ratings that are available, extremely easy with a basic search. Here in PA you can access an interactive map:
http://www.projects.penndot.gov/projects/BridgeConditions.aspx

Avoid if you feel a risk, easy enough.
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Old 09-06-2021, 09:39 AM
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when ground gets heavily soaked it may collapse; this phenomena is sometimes known as "sink holes". When driving at night visibility is LOW. Driving at night in heavy rain means you may not arrive at your intended destination.

Can you imagine tooling along at 60 miles per hour and all of a sudden your car drops off into a ravine?
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Old 09-06-2021, 09:47 AM
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I have a friend who lives in an area known to get hit by severe hurricanes. When a big hurricane is announced on the news, thousands of people hit the highways "trying to get out of dodge". The gas stations run out of gas, the grocery store shelves GO BARE. Panic ensues.

After years of "following the herd" during these disasters, he finally made the decision to stay put when a major hurricane is announced. Why get in your car during severe weather only to get into a bigger mess than if you stayed home? Of course if you live in a flood zone you may not have a choice.......
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Old 09-06-2021, 12:58 PM
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I suggest you go out on a rainy dark night as a test and let the rest of us know where the problem bridges are located.....
You ate a lot of lead paint as a child huh?
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Old 09-06-2021, 01:02 PM
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Father used to say use your brain and stay out of trouble. He also said trouble starts after the sun goes down. Driving involves speed, turning and braking. After dark, it is twice as difficult to judge speeds, braking and distances of other drivers which means you have placed yourself and your car at higher risk of collision.

Twice as many collisions/crashes occur between the hours of 3:00 PM and 6:00 Pm on FRIDAYS versus the rest of the week.

Your chances of getting pulled to the curb by PD for a "DUI enforcement stop" after 8:00 PM on both Friday and Saturday night are quite high. Once the cops pull you to the curb they are highly motivated to "find something wrong" which means $$$$$ out of hip national bank and/or a night, two or three in jail.

Reason #98 to get your business done during DAYLIGHT HOURS.
If that's true then and nut did not fall far from the tree.

More congestion = more collisions....duh?
Fri and sat night is party night...more drinkers = more dui stops....again...duh?

I was stopped for a DUI when I lived in Tucson back in the '90s. I don't drink so I found it a bit funny. He asked some question did the follow the finger with your eyes thing....sent me on my way.
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Old 09-06-2021, 01:06 PM
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when ground gets heavily soaked it may collapse; this phenomena is sometimes known as "sink holes". When driving at night visibility is LOW. Driving at night in heavy rain means you may not arrive at your intended destination.

Can you imagine tooling along at 60 miles per hour and all of a sudden your car drops off into a ravine?
Sink holes usually form from.soil being evacuated from underneath. Broken pipes, or natural phenomena. Rain is usually not involved.
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Old 09-06-2021, 01:09 PM
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I have a friend who lives in an area known to get hit by severe hurricanes. When a big hurricane is announced on the news, thousands of people hit the highways "trying to get out of dodge". The gas stations run out of gas, the grocery store shelves GO BARE. Panic ensues.

After years of "following the herd" during these disasters, he finally made the decision to stay put when a major hurricane is announced. Why get in your car during severe weather only to get into a bigger mess than if you stayed home? Of course if you live in a flood zone you may not have a choice.......
I thought we talked about this already. Any time you start a post with "I have a friend", most here know the post is a lie.

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