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Re: Scariest bridge you've ever driven across
« Reply #350 on: February 04, 2017, 03:47:12 PM »

The pre-rebuild Huey P. Long used to be my winner. Until I crossed this bridge in England, with the added "driving on the opposite side of the road from what I'm used to" difficulty bonus.
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Re: Scariest bridge you've ever driven across
« Reply #351 on: February 04, 2017, 04:58:40 PM »

The pre-rebuild Huey P. Long used to be my winner. Until I crossed this bridge in England, with the added "driving on the opposite side of the road from what I'm used to" difficulty bonus.

Make everybody get out of the car, walk across the pedestrian bridge, and meet them on the other side?
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Re: Scariest bridge you've ever driven across
« Reply #352 on: February 04, 2017, 05:21:42 PM »

The pre-rebuild Huey P. Long used to be my winner. Until I crossed this bridge in England, with the added "driving on the opposite side of the road from what I'm used to" difficulty bonus.

Make everybody get out of the car, walk across the pedestrian bridge, and meet them on the other side?

Looks like there is decent enough room for at minimum two standard sized vehicle to squeeze by each other without a lot of effort.  That "weak bridge" sign with no weight capacity sure isn't reassuring though.  :-D
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Re: Scariest bridge you've ever driven across
« Reply #353 on: February 04, 2017, 06:16:16 PM »

^^ I believe the 7.5 T refers to the weight capacity (tons or tonnes?)
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Re: Scariest bridge you've ever driven across
« Reply #354 on: February 04, 2017, 06:24:31 PM »

^^ I believe the 7.5 T refers to the weight capacity (tons or tonnes?)

Yeah you're right, I guess the non MUTCD (England obviously) sign threw me off and I should have zoomed in or noticed the one on the left.
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Re: Scariest bridge you've ever driven across
« Reply #355 on: February 04, 2017, 07:11:20 PM »

I wouldn't call this bridge scary compared to many on this thread, but for some reason I get a little pit in my stomach every time I drive the Cold Spring Canyon Arch Bridge on CA-154 north of Santa Barbara.
https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cold_Spring_Canyon_Arch_Bridge

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Re: Scariest bridge you've ever driven across
« Reply #356 on: March 01, 2017, 10:02:16 AM »

The K-Bridge (Kosciusko) replacement is already well under way.
Between that bridge, and the Tappan Zee and the Goethals Bridge, the Kosciusko is the one I'll miss the most.

I wouldn't call this bridge scary compared to many on this thread, but for some reason I get a little pit in my stomach every time I drive the Cold Spring Canyon Arch Bridge on CA-154 north of Santa Barbara.
https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cold_Spring_Canyon_Arch_Bridge

(picture from AARoads)
Nice scenery, but I wouldn't want to be there, or any other high arch bridge in an earthquake. So I guess I'm with you on this.


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Re: Scariest bridge you've ever driven across
« Reply #357 on: March 01, 2017, 11:06:38 AM »

^^ I believe the 7.5 T refers to the weight capacity (tons or tonnes?)

Tonnes (since TSRGD 1981 went into effect).
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Re: Scariest bridge you've ever driven across
« Reply #358 on: March 02, 2017, 02:48:14 AM »

The Auburn-Foresthill Bridge northeast of Auburn, CA has always been a bit frightening to me -- primarily because the approaches to each side are downhill, giving whoever crosses the nearly half-mile-long span the full view of the fact that it's 730 feet in the air (mid-span).  Advice: don't look sideways any more than absolutely necessary while driving across the bridge -- to me it feels like I'm driving on a tightrope! :wow:
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Re: Scariest bridge you've ever driven across
« Reply #359 on: March 02, 2017, 07:55:01 AM »

The pre-rebuild Huey P. Long used to be my winner. Until I crossed this bridge in England, with the added "driving on the opposite side of the road from what I'm used to" difficulty bonus.
That's next to the Old Bridge Hotel and Pub in Huntingdon.  I walked across that one on the pedestrian bridge in February 2016, but I don't recall driving over it. According to Wikipedia, that bridge was originally built in 1332. 
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Re: Scariest bridge you've ever driven across
« Reply #360 on: March 02, 2017, 09:26:11 AM »

The Auburn-Foresthill Bridge northeast of Auburn, CA has always been a bit frightening to me -- primarily because the approaches to each side are downhill, giving whoever crosses the nearly half-mile-long span the full view of the fact that it's 730 feet in the air (mid-span).  Advice: don't look sideways any more than absolutely necessary while driving across the bridge -- to me it feels like I'm driving on a tightrope! :wow:

You get a fantastic view of that bridge on northbound CA 49:

https://www.google.com/maps/place/Foresthill+Bridge,+Auburn,+CA+95603/@38.923259,-121.038845,3a,75y,90t/data=!3m8!1e2!3m6!1s36223096!2e1!3e10!6s%2F%2Flh4.googleusercontent.com%2Fproxy%2FweOQa_8L1AoShCh3iPfbAmMLMSdQS4Po49yKySUXgaruRZxQzPMFnQJzR1cuzp4vnrFaukpQec5Xvzrk8uG2CRUqCdjJqQ%3Dw203-h152!7i2048!8i1536!4m5!3m4!1s0x809b05094a4ebb87:0xb9543427fa7ad3b3!8m2!3d38.9221782!4d-121.0388651?hl=en
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Re: Scariest bridge you've ever driven across
« Reply #361 on: March 02, 2017, 03:21:35 PM »

The Auburn-Foresthill Bridge northeast of Auburn, CA has always been a bit frightening to me -- primarily because the approaches to each side are downhill, giving whoever crosses the nearly half-mile-long span the full view of the fact that it's 730 feet in the air (mid-span).  Advice: don't look sideways any more than absolutely necessary while driving across the bridge -- to me it feels like I'm driving on a tightrope! :wow:

You get a fantastic view of that bridge on northbound CA 49:

https://www.google.com/maps/place/Foresthill+Bridge,+Auburn,+CA+95603/@38.923259,-121.038845,3a,75y,90t/data=!3m8!1e2!3m6!1s36223096!2e1!3e10!6s%2F%2Flh4.googleusercontent.com%2Fproxy%2FweOQa_8L1AoShCh3iPfbAmMLMSdQS4Po49yKySUXgaruRZxQzPMFnQJzR1cuzp4vnrFaukpQec5Xvzrk8uG2CRUqCdjJqQ%3Dw203-h152!7i2048!8i1536!4m5!3m4!1s0x809b05094a4ebb87:0xb9543427fa7ad3b3!8m2!3d38.9221782!4d-121.0388651?hl=en

Which in itself is interesting, as it was presumed -- for a time -- that when the Auburn Dam would inundate existing CA 49, the Auburn-Foresthill Bridge would be part of a hilltopping CA 49 bypass of the lake to be formed by the dam.  Of course, when the dam was cancelled, there was no need to reroute CA 49 -- since a jog over I-80 would have been required under that plan.  The aggregate mileage of a reroute using existing roadways (up 80, over the bridge, and backtracking on the old Foresthill road that went down into the canyon to intersect with CA 49) was much more than the original route through central Auburn -- even with its narrow winding descent into the American River canyon. 
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Re: Scariest bridge you've ever driven across
« Reply #362 on: March 07, 2017, 03:24:20 PM »

According to Wikipedia, that bridge was originally built in 1332. 
You do realize you have a major typo there, right? I was going to make a joke about the bridge being that old, but I changed my mind.

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Re: Scariest bridge you've ever driven across
« Reply #363 on: March 07, 2017, 03:34:03 PM »

According to Wikipedia, that bridge was originally built in 1332. 

You do realize you have a major typo there, right? I was going to make a joke about the bridge being that old, but I changed my mind.

I assume the typo is the extra forward slash in the link (which I've fixed in this post), yes? Because the bridge was in fact built in 1332.
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Re: Scariest bridge you've ever driven across
« Reply #364 on: March 07, 2017, 04:29:57 PM »

According to Wikipedia, that bridge was originally built in 1332. 

You do realize you have a major typo there, right? I was going to make a joke about the bridge being that old, but I changed my mind.

I assume the typo is the extra forward slash in the link (which I've fixed in this post), yes? Because the bridge was in fact built in 1332.
No, it's a mistake on my part. I thought you were still talking about the Huey P. Long Bridge, which was actually built in 1935. Yes, I can easily believe the bridge you linked to was built in 1332.


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Re: Scariest bridge you've ever driven across
« Reply #365 on: March 20, 2017, 10:30:35 PM »

The soon-to-be supplanted Stillwater Bridge is one of the few 'scary bridges' that I have crossed here in Wisconsin.  It is a 1930s-era multi-span through truss with a draw span.  The scariest part to me is the reports that I have seen regarding its condition.

 :wow:

Mike
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Re: Scariest bridge you've ever driven across
« Reply #366 on: March 21, 2017, 02:00:48 PM »

The soon-to-be supplanted Stillwater Bridge is one of the few 'scary bridges' that I have crossed here in Wisconsin.  It is a 1930s-era multi-span through truss with a draw span.  The scariest part to me is the reports that I have seen regarding its condition.

 :wow:

Mike

Yeah, not to mention it's always full of traffic. This picture is a pretty typical scene.

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