Oh No end of an era, can opener being raised.

Oh No end of an era, can opener being raised.

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    Oh No end of an era, can opener being raised.

    This bridge is so famous it has its own website "11foot8", this bridge has proven numerous times 13' 6" will not fit under 11' 8".

    End of an era: Crews to raise Durham’s famous ‘can opener’ bridge

    DURHAM, N.C. (WNCN) – A famous Durham bridge known for ripping the tops off of trucks – a bridge that even has its own website – will be getting raised up this week, Durham transportation officials said.times

    The North Carolina Railroad Overpass at Gregson Street, also known as the “can opener” or the “11 foot 8 bridge,” will be getting raised up with construction beginning on Wednesday and running through at least Nov. 5.

    The construction will end an era of drivers not paying attention to signs and flashing lights warning them of the bridge’s height and then having the top of their truck torn off.
    https://www.cbs17.com/news/local-new...opener-bridge/

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    How much will it cost to make this bridge idiot-proof? Need to send the bill to the idiots.
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    Perhaps drivers with trucks/trailers over here 11’8” should actually read the sign!
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    They have one in downtown Spokane, WA, that is notorious for the same thing. It's a concrete railroad bridge and will not budge.
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    Quote Originally Posted by msgt/ret View Post
    This bridge is so famous it has its own website "11foot8", this bridge has proven numerous times 13' 6" will not fit under 11' 8".



    https://www.cbs17.com/news/local-new...opener-bridge/

    They are only raising the bridge to 12'4".

    Do they really think raising the bridge 8" is going to make a lot of difference.

    Those 13'6" trucks will just lose a little less roof.
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    We have one in Atlanta, it's a CSX Railroad Bridge built in 1911.



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    In England in my younger days, a double-decker bus got stuck! They had engineers galore measuring to see if they could slice a portion of the roof off.
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    There are a multiple technologies available to warn drivers about being overheight. I think the best and most cost effective ones is a plastic pipe at the bridge height, held up by chains at the height of the bridge, placed at a distance from the bridge. If the truck is overheight, it will hit the pipe before it hits the bridge. It will make a big noise, but it won't hurt the pipe or the truck. There are also a lot of high tech solutions out there. Any of those solutions would be cheaper than raising a bridge.

    But you can't fix stupid. One time I left Falls Church, VA, in plenty of time to catch a flight at BWI. I was on the west side of the Beltway going north and got in the worst traffic jam I have been in my whole life. I mean, nothing moved, at all, for over an hour. Turns out a VA DOT employee had been driving a full-size dump truck with the bed up. It hit an overpass, sheared the bed off and sent hydraulic fluid all over the Beltway. I looked and there was nothing in the news indicating the employee was ever suspended or fired and I will bet he was not.
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    Chicago is the worst for low clearances, back when I was driving those orange rolling roadblocks the company provided us with maps of Chicago showing all the low clearances. I had a delivery of paper to a printer there once and reading the directions I thought they were the screwiest ever, arriving at the consignee I saw the reason. There was an exit from the freeway just a short distance away and a 12 foot bridge just before the consignee and it had an 18 stuck under it.
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    I’ve ducked every time I’ve went under that bridge, even in my wife’s Toyota.
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    I really doubt that raising to to 12'4" is going to make a difference. That is only 8" and most of those trucks lost more that 8" off the top.

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    All My Sons Moving and Storage damaged several trucks there, LOL! I bet the owner is not very happy.

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    Since the oil shale boom struck, West Texas has had at least one overpass on I-20 out every week for several years. They are not "low pass" bridges either - most are 18-20 feet. Yet the clueless oil field service companies hire people with zero brains and load their trucks to 25, sometimes 26 feet with equipment and off they go. I saw one hit by a 36 wheel tractor trailer that was loaded to 34 feet tall. He scattered wreckage for 50 yards along the top of the overpass. The irony was he had two "patrol" vehicles, one in front, one in back, but their check poles were set to 20 feet!

    The state has started levying huge fines on these oil field offenders. I know of one company who was fined $50,000 for gross violations of Dept. Of Transportation laws. The driver lost all driving privileges. The company was virtually put out of business because the DPS went over every one of their vehicle inspections with a more than fine toothed comb.
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