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Author Topic: Why does this bridge look scary?  (Read 11790 times)

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Re: Why does this bridge look scary?
« Reply #50 on: October 20, 2021, 09:22:52 PM »

Is it me or does this overpass look too low to me?
In Texas that would have a clearance sign. Then again, there would also be one where the ramp goes over 70 Bypass.
South Carolina has them too.
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Re: Why does this bridge look scary?
« Reply #51 on: October 20, 2021, 09:26:05 PM »

Sherman Minton Bridge sucks. I don't like elevated bridges. I'm sure it lights up but it's VERY boring to drive on when you are on the lower level. And it looks scary cause I feel like the top deck will collapse!  :-o
I've crossed that bridge at least 16 times by now. Is 800 meters of boredom on the lower deck of a bridge too much for you to handle?

Fortunately, there is an alternative. You can cross over the Ohio River on the I-265 bridge in the area for a low price of $2.10, only $2.10 more than the $0.00 on the I-64 bridge !
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Re: Why does this bridge look scary?
« Reply #52 on: October 20, 2021, 11:42:32 PM »

Sherman Minton Bridge sucks. I don't like elevated bridges. I'm sure it lights up but it's VERY boring to drive on when you are on the lower level. And it looks scary cause I feel like the top deck will collapse!  :-o
I've crossed that bridge at least 16 times by now. Is 800 meters of boredom on the lower deck of a bridge too much for you to handle?

Fortunately, there is an alternative. You can cross over the Ohio River on the I-265 bridge in the area for a low price of $2.10, only $2.10 more than the $0.00 on the I-64 bridge !
Yes, I would go with I-65!
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Re: Why does this bridge look scary?
« Reply #53 on: October 28, 2021, 09:06:09 AM »

It doesn't to me. In fact I love the landscaping.
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Re: Why does this bridge look scary?
« Reply #54 on: October 28, 2021, 09:20:21 AM »

It doesn't to me. In fact I love the landscaping.
Is this to the Sherman Minton Bridge or I-65?
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Re: Why does this bridge look scary?
« Reply #55 on: November 12, 2021, 08:33:58 PM »

It doesn't to me. In fact I love the landscaping.
Is this to the Sherman Minton Bridge or I-65?
This is to OP on US 421.
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Re: Why does this bridge look scary?
« Reply #56 on: November 12, 2021, 09:00:23 PM »

https://www.google.com/maps/@36.1064685,-80.045225,3a,60y,271.71h,86.13t/data=!3m6!1e1!3m4!1srEIfAaB_Lvo6eVh4q9Fb3g!2e0!7i13312!8i6656

I think the point is some people don't like the fact that the bridge design doesn't use center supports. The single span is longer than the length of the individual spans if it had used a center support. The spans are up to 100' feet but that is far less than the length of plenty of other spans in deck bridges.

Actually it is a safer design, because the biggest reason deck bridges fail in the US is because traffic (most often TT-Combos) strike the center support (that you so badly miss) and knock one or both sides of the bridge down. 
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Re: Why does this bridge look scary?
« Reply #57 on: November 13, 2021, 04:18:55 AM »

https://www.google.com/maps/@36.1064685,-80.045225,3a,60y,271.71h,86.13t/data=!3m6!1e1!3m4!1srEIfAaB_Lvo6eVh4q9Fb3g!2e0!7i13312!8i6656

it looks .. austere no thats not the right word... but neither is scary. imposing? severe? out of place?

it, to me is odd,though.
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Re: Why does this bridge look scary?
« Reply #58 on: November 13, 2021, 01:15:27 PM »

The wide shoulder caught my attention. This overpass was built to accommodate future road expansion. That's a good thing.
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Re: Why does this bridge look scary?
« Reply #59 on: November 14, 2021, 03:13:37 AM »

No bridge is as scary as the original Galloping Gertie.


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Re: Why does this bridge look scary?
« Reply #60 on: December 07, 2021, 04:02:20 AM »

Due to having no support columns in the median.
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Re: Why does this bridge look scary?
« Reply #61 on: December 09, 2021, 11:12:20 PM »

Due to having no support columns in the median.
Modern bridges (not all) are designed like that.

Now if it was concrete beams, then it would be MORE scary!
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Re: Why does this bridge look scary?
« Reply #62 on: December 09, 2021, 11:21:53 PM »

Due to having no support columns in the median.
Modern bridges (not all) are designed like that.

Now if it was concrete beams, then it would be MORE scary!

I guess it depends on the length too
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Re: Why does this bridge look scary?
« Reply #65 on: February 15, 2022, 09:19:12 PM »

Though without piers, the bridge is not without peers in NC (ran across this one yesterday)...

https://goo.gl/maps/CxUGLS77NuDz3oVJ6

A better question is, why does it look like NCDOT wants to reuse the old road as southbound lanes, when it looks like the existing bridge is just barely capable of handling two more lanes.
https://www.google.com/maps/@34.6004474,-78.617018,3a,75y,342.89h,91.31t/data=!3m6!1e1!3m4!1suZT-PFjnc8FJYMDzLemEtg!2e0!7i13312!8i6656

As for scary bridges, I thought that link was going to lead to something like the Delaware Memorial Bridge or Chesapeake Bay Bridge (US 50-301), or something like that.


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Re: Why does this bridge look scary?
« Reply #66 on: February 16, 2022, 07:19:13 PM »

Though without piers, the bridge is not without peers in NC (ran across this one yesterday)...

https://goo.gl/maps/CxUGLS77NuDz3oVJ6

A better question is, why does it look like NCDOT wants to reuse the old road as southbound lanes, when it looks like the existing bridge is just barely capable of handling two more lanes.
https://www.google.com/maps/@34.6004474,-78.617018,3a,75y,342.89h,91.31t/data=!3m6!1e1!3m4!1suZT-PFjnc8FJYMDzLemEtg!2e0!7i13312!8i6656


Confused by this question...putting the old road back into service as the SB lanes would require a new bridge and interchange entirely unless there were going to be tight S curves on both sides of NC 87 bypass.
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Re: Why does this bridge look scary?
« Reply #67 on: February 18, 2022, 06:29:56 PM »

How about this bridge? Sure looks like to me that a semi would ram the bottom of either bridge.
https://www.google.com/maps/@39.6913283,-90.6254682,3a,67.4y,0.78h,78.83t/data=!3m6!1e1!3m4!1sMQ9ZlY-lWpEDutE6Cw-RRA!2e0!7i13312!8i6656
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