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The End Of The 11 Foot 8 Inch Bridge.

You may remember that we wrote about a railroad trestle bridge in Durham, NC that has become famous (or infamous, depending on your point of view) as drivers of trucks ignore or fail to see the signs warning of the 11′ 8″ height of the bridge to the road surface below. There are electronic signs that turn on when an over-height truck approaches and then a sign that starts flashing when the truck approaches the intersection warning the driver they need to turn. Since 2008, 150 drivers have failed to heed the warnings, the latest being in September of this year where a Ryder rental truck decided to test the laws of physics.

And lost.

(We would love to be at the Ryder rental location when the customer explains they drove into a bridge and “can opened” the top of the truck.)

Now the bridge is being raised by 8 inches. While that may not seem like much, it should help somewhat. The real problem is that there isn’t much “play” to raise a bridge. As it is a railroad bridge, it is not as if there can be a little “hump” in the bridge. Trains and the cars they pull don’t like humps and they don’t like large changes in the grade of the track surface.

The bottom line is that the “11 foot 8 inch” bridge will now be the “12 foot 4 inch bridge.”

If this seems odd content for us and not something we would normally post about, it isn’t. We are just fascinated by people who are so oblivious to the signs and warnings around them while driving as well as being fascinated by those who think they can out-wit the laws of physics.

Not only do they drive, they vote too.



2 Responses to “The End Of The 11 Foot 8 Inch Bridge.”

  1. Thomas Gaume says:

    I wonder if they considered lowering the road. It would be a drainage nightmare, but a solution.

    • AAfterwit says:

      Thomas Gaume,

      Thanks for the comment.

      That solution has been proposed but there are several problems apparently including that lowering the road would undermine the bridge supports themselves. The other thing is that a main sewer is under the road which would also create lots of issues.

      We look at this thing as an example of the type of people that are on the road today. If you can’t warning signs and flashing lights to not go ahead because the vehicle you are driving it too tall, please turn in your license.

      Thanks again for the comment.

      A. Afterwit.

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