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Re: Why does this bridge look scary?
« Reply #25 on: March 16, 2021, 09:56:18 AM »

My hypothesis about the tolbs's bridge:
The retaining walls make it look like a giant mouth you are about to drive into. :P
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Re: Why does this bridge look scary?
« Reply #26 on: March 16, 2021, 10:07:25 AM »

Here's a bridge with piers, and it's a scary bridge too.

https://www.google.com/maps/@32.6934997,-117.1504169,1778m/data=!3m1!1e3?hl=en
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Re: Why does this bridge look scary?
« Reply #27 on: March 16, 2021, 10:13:29 AM »

Here's a bridge with piers, and it's a scary bridge too.

https://www.google.com/maps/@32.6934997,-117.1504169,1778m/data=!3m1!1e3?hl=en

Just in rush hour when traffic backing up from I-5 has you running late. 
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Re: Why does this bridge look scary?
« Reply #28 on: March 16, 2021, 08:29:40 PM »

The actual Scary Bridge was on the Eel River at the future site of Avenue of the Giants:

https://www.facebook.com/groups/136640606405094/permalink/3808970702505381/
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Re: Why does this bridge look scary?
« Reply #29 on: March 16, 2021, 08:31:33 PM »

The actual Scary Bridge was on the Eel River at the future site of Avenue of the Giants:

https://www.facebook.com/groups/136640606405094/permalink/3808970702505381/
FritzOwl will designate that as I-666.
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Re: Why does this bridge look scary?
« Reply #30 on: March 16, 2021, 08:35:00 PM »

The actual Scary Bridge was on the Eel River at the future site of Avenue of the Giants:

https://www.facebook.com/groups/136640606405094/permalink/3808970702505381/
FritzOwl will designate that as I-666.

Actually, if I recall my AAroads lore I believe that I-366 would be in order since that is near Eureka and Ethanman.  Someone feel free to correct me if I mixing the backstories of Ethanman and I-366 with something else. 
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Re: Why does this bridge look scary?
« Reply #31 on: March 16, 2021, 08:40:59 PM »

The actual Scary Bridge was on the Eel River at the future site of Avenue of the Giants:

https://www.facebook.com/groups/136640606405094/permalink/3808970702505381/
FritzOwl will designate that as I-666.

Not until he twins it with an equally concerning structure parallel to it.
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Re: Why does this bridge look scary?
« Reply #32 on: March 16, 2021, 09:02:07 PM »

The piers on this bridge have caps, and support heavy diesel locomotives.  I can’t believe it supports trains at all.

https://goo.gl/maps/35kpZ8qU348suFQw8
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Re: Why does this bridge look scary?
« Reply #33 on: March 17, 2021, 10:34:06 AM »

The piers on this bridge have caps, and support heavy diesel locomotives.  I can’t believe it supports trains at all.

https://goo.gl/maps/35kpZ8qU348suFQw8

That's both the Orange Line L and the western end of the Ashland yard of the Norfolk Southern—the latter being a primary NS interchange yard for the BNSF and UP.  Something tells me the bridges are doing just fine.
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Re: Why does this bridge look scary?
« Reply #34 on: March 18, 2021, 12:20:52 PM »

This bridge could also look scary. Narrow shoulders and they need widening I'm sure.
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Re: Why does this bridge look scary?
« Reply #35 on: March 18, 2021, 02:04:18 PM »

I think the scariest-looking bridge I've ever seen would have to be either of the two bridges in Cairo:
Ohio River Bridge:
Mississippi River Bridge:

The scariest looking bridge I've ridden on would have to be the Intercoastal waterway bridge on LA 1 in Port Allen. Just look at these supports:
Link:

The scariest bridge I've driven across was probably this narrow 60-mph one:
FM-2611 over the San Bernard River:
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Re: Why does this bridge look scary?
« Reply #36 on: March 18, 2021, 02:27:01 PM »

I think the scariest-looking bridge I've ever seen would have to be either of the two bridges in Cairo:
Ohio River Bridge:
Mississippi River Bridge:

Scarier than the nearby mile-long Brookport Bridge, with the Ohio River—seventy feet down—visible through the less-than-twenty-foot-wide steel deck?
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Re: Why does this bridge look scary?
« Reply #37 on: March 18, 2021, 08:58:34 PM »

That US 45 bridge is definitely scary...

Scariest ones I ever drove were the original 1929 Cooper River Bridge in Charleston SC.  Here is a 1953 photo that shows how steep it was at each end (also had a dip between spans - the bridge was 2 miles long) and how even trucks then took up the entire space.  Thankfully it was one-way and trucks were banned by the time I remember crossing it.
https://charlestonbusiness.com/core/files/scbiznews/uploads/images/Grace%20Bridge%20SCDOT%20photo.jpg

The other one is the original Albemarle Sound bridge on NC 32 which was replaced in the mid-2000s.  Very narrow and a popular route for semis.  I cannot find a photo of this bridge.
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Re: Why does this bridge look scary?
« Reply #38 on: March 18, 2021, 09:20:18 PM »

The actual Scary Bridge was on the Eel River at the future site of Avenue of the Giants:

The way you capitalized Scary, I just had to chime in.  There's the Scary Bridge over Scary Creek on WV-817 just a mile south of the interchange with I-64.  Before I-64 came through, there used to be a Little Scary Bridge over Little Scary Creek right next to the interchange, but this was replaced with a large culvert during the Interstate construction.  According to county maps from the 1950s, Scary used to be an incorporated town (one of three little incorporated towns adjacent to Exit 44 and Exit 39 that seemingly disappeared about the time of Interstate construction, but I'm skeptical). 

Scary Bridge is not worth paying attention to, except for the submerged stone arch culvert for the former Chesapeake & Ohio Railway just upstream.  All of this is along the Kanawha River.  Before the completion of the Winfield Locks bypass in the late 1990s, the mean water level on the Kanawha was quite a bit lower and the stone arch was only partially submerged.  Scary Bridge is also home of the historical marker for the Battle of Scary.  Locals call this area "The Foot of Scary Hill".
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Re: Why does this bridge look scary?
« Reply #39 on: March 18, 2021, 09:36:09 PM »

I think the scariest-looking bridge I've ever seen would have to be either of the two bridges in Cairo:
Ohio River Bridge:
Mississippi River Bridge:

Scarier than the nearby mile-long Brookport Bridge, with the Ohio River—seventy feet down—visible through the less-than-twenty-foot-wide steel deck?
Ok yikes! It never occurred to me that steel decks like that were actually open to the river below. The other two look scary to me because they are so tall and narrow.
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Re: Why does this bridge look scary?
« Reply #40 on: March 19, 2021, 02:20:22 AM »

I think the scariest-looking bridge I've ever seen would have to be either of the two bridges in Cairo:
Ohio River Bridge:
Mississippi River Bridge:

Scarier than the nearby mile-long Brookport Bridge, with the Ohio River—seventy feet down—visible through the less-than-twenty-foot-wide steel deck?

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Re: Why does this bridge look scary?
« Reply #41 on: March 19, 2021, 08:56:36 AM »

This bridge could also look scary. Narrow shoulders and they need widening I'm sure.

Both 1995hoo & I mentioned that JFK Highway stretch of I-95 in another thread and how drivers tend to have a right-lane aversion (which I think the Tydings Bridge contributes to):

I have absolutely had that experience on I-95 in Maryland on more than one occasion, especially the segment between Baltimore and Delaware. I’m not sure why people in Maryland are so scared of the right lane.

The right lane is the secret weapon on the JFK segment of I-95 :-D

Pre-COVID I used to always notice that whenever there were weekend slowdowns on that piece of I-95, that the right lane inched along quicker (relatively speaking, anyway) than the other 2 lanes.  I've never understood why everyone insists on cruising in the middle (and sometimes left :rolleyes:) lane - maybe something to do with the Tydings Bridge? (Which, yes, is only one mile out of a ~50 mile stretch, but who knows :banghead:)

I think there are a fair number of people who don't like driving that bridge (I am not one of them) because of the lack of shoulders & drop-off to the Susquehanna below.  The only time I didn't particularly enjoy crossing was during a day with nasty crosswinds - had to death-grip the wheel!

FWIW, MDTA's long-term plan is to widen I-95 from 6 to 8 lanes to Delaware, which would obviously have to include a Tydings Bridge replacement (or twinning...).
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Re: Why does this bridge look scary?
« Reply #42 on: March 19, 2021, 01:18:52 PM »

This bridge could also look scary. Narrow shoulders and they need widening I'm sure.

Both 1995hoo & I mentioned that JFK Highway stretch of I-95 in another thread and how drivers tend to have a right-lane aversion (which I think the Tydings Bridge contributes to):

I have absolutely had that experience on I-95 in Maryland on more than one occasion, especially the segment between Baltimore and Delaware. I’m not sure why people in Maryland are so scared of the right lane.

The right lane is the secret weapon on the JFK segment of I-95 :-D

Pre-COVID I used to always notice that whenever there were weekend slowdowns on that piece of I-95, that the right lane inched along quicker (relatively speaking, anyway) than the other 2 lanes.  I've never understood why everyone insists on cruising in the middle (and sometimes left :rolleyes:) lane - maybe something to do with the Tydings Bridge? (Which, yes, is only one mile out of a ~50 mile stretch, but who knows :banghead:)

I think there are a fair number of people who don't like driving that bridge (I am not one of them) because of the lack of shoulders & drop-off to the Susquehanna below.  The only time I didn't particularly enjoy crossing was during a day with nasty crosswinds - had to death-grip the wheel!

FWIW, MDTA's long-term plan is to widen I-95 from 6 to 8 lanes to Delaware, which would obviously have to include a Tydings Bridge replacement (or twinning...).
How about the extension of the express lanes?
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Re: Why does this bridge look scary?
« Reply #43 on: March 19, 2021, 04:21:04 PM »

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FWIW, MDTA's long-term plan is to widen I-95 from 6 to 8 lanes to Delaware, which would obviously have to include a Tydings Bridge replacement (or twinning...).
How about the extension of the express lanes?

Construction is beginning to extend them northbound-only (for now) to exit 77 - IIRC, once fully built out the farthest those would go is exit 80 or exit 85.
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Re: Why does this bridge look scary?
« Reply #44 on: March 22, 2021, 08:55:49 AM »

http://bridgereports.com/1636210
Read the inspection report on Deihl Road over the PA Turnpike and see why this Rigid Concrete bridge looks scary.
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Re: Why does this bridge look scary?
« Reply #45 on: March 22, 2021, 03:28:56 PM »

Did something on the 7th Street Bridge in Modesto on Gribblenation awhile back.  The 7th Street Bridge is presently being braced up and has a really low weight limit:

https://www.gribblenation.org/2020/11/former-us-route-99-in-modesto-and-7th.html?m=1

Any report on the bridge and any close look at the substructure reveals why the 7th Street Bridge needs to be replaced.
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Re: Why does this bridge look scary?
« Reply #46 on: March 23, 2021, 01:56:50 AM »

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Re: Why does this bridge look scary?
« Reply #47 on: July 11, 2021, 10:20:31 PM »

Is it me or does this overpass look too low to me?
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Re: Why does this bridge look scary?
« Reply #48 on: July 11, 2021, 11:04:17 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.
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