Wednesday, March 27, 2024

Fall Down

I feel like I should document this history of a bridge in Baltimore coming down. 

That makes it sound like planned demolition, when it clearly was not. Human and / or mechanical error seem to be in play. 

Hopefully (?) just the latter. 

710 showed me the video / .gif at 06:15 yesterday. I couldn't quite believe what I was seeing. 

At the time, we didn't know that the ship had radioed a 'mayday' and that most of the bridge was closed to traffic, but not to maintenance workers. My initial thought was it was bad enough to see it crumble as you drove into it, but I thought the ones who the devastation approached from behind never knew what happened. 

I mean, look.  From impact to full implosion is like 15 seconds. Almost zero time to react, not that it would have seemingly made a difference. 

Pappy Joe has called on Congress to fund the rebuilding of the bridge. Meh.  Let Maersk pick up the tab. Or whomever insures them. I can't imagine paying families for their losses, however many there might end up being, won't be in their near future. 

If the bridge wasn't structurally sound - and look above, there is a good rationale for that thought - then the cost can be shared into whomever designed and built it. 

And lest we forget, as this will be politicized too, the GOP has continually cut funding for infrastructure. Make it a topic, Pappy Joe. Get your fucking hands dirty. 

Song by: Toad the Wet Sprocket 


James Dwight Williamson said...

The ship had pilots from the port of Baltimore on board steering the ship. Engine failure, is pretty inexcusable. I wouldn’t have a problem with Lloyd’s of London picking up the Tab.

Travel said...

I have driven across that bridge. If this happened in the middle of the day, instead of the middle of the night, there would have been 100 cars on the bridge. And interesting question is there a limit on liability for property damage, this is likely to be a billion dollar rebuild.

Ur-spo said...

I like the notion of 'fix the problem' first rather than bitch and wonder how the problem arose.

HMS Defiant said...

The bridge was designed to resist the force of gravity (down) and the force of the wind (wind loading) it was not designed to withstand the near atomic force of a ship hitting it smack dab in the middle. Very little on earth can withstand that kind of force strike.
The generator failed on the ship. It happens from time to time to just about every ship. A lot of ships run 2 genators but to the same switchboard. Some ships run 2 generators to separate switchboards (redundancy and it costs money).
I live in Shaker Heights now and when I first moved here from San Diego the lights went off about 6 times a year. I'm happy to report that the power company is doing much better these days.
You do know who paid to build and design that bridge that was knocked down don't you?
Yeah, the country did.

Please don't take offense, I thought I'd take the morning to roam away from my usual haunts and see what others were saying. Thank you for your time.