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North Carolina's Famed Truck-Scalping Bridge Nears 100 Recorded Crashes

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cjk374:
The world is full of dumb asses! This poor bridge in NC solidifies this fact.  :pan: :banghead:

rickmastfan67:
Simple solution for this case....

If a truck triggers the overheight system, install some RR gates at the bridge to come down before the truck gets there.  That should get their attention and prevent a hit!

MikeTheActuary:

--- Quote from: rickmastfan67 on July 23, 2015, 07:55:33 AM ---Simple solution for this case....

If a truck triggers the overheight system, install some RR gates at the bridge to come down before the truck gets there.  That should get their attention and prevent a hit!

--- End quote ---

If drivers are ignoring warning signs and alerts...why would they bother stopping for gates?

Sometimes only Darwin can fix stupid.

froggie:
Since Gregson is a 2-lane street, any such gates would also impact legally-traveling cars and pickups who may happen to be paralleling the overheight truck.  This proposal is even less realistic than the suggestion to convert Duke St to 2-way across the tracks

WashuOtaku:

--- Quote from: mrsman on July 23, 2015, 06:06:49 AM ---But it still behooves the question as to what should the DOT do as it is still happening.  This is the only place I know of where these collisions occur with this type of frequency.

--- End quote ---

Not much NCDOT can do about the bridge, it's not there's.  Also, this is not the only bridge in the state that scalps trucks; this is just the most famous one because it's been video recorded for several years now.

As an example, NC 581, through Bailey, North Carolina has a short Truck Route just to bypass a 8'6" clearance rail bridge.  It too has several warning signs, a light flashers and steel beam to reflect the damage from the bridge too; yet still scalps a truck now and then regardless.

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