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Title: NTSB Brief on July 2013 Bay Bridge Accident
Post by: roadman on March 27, 2014, 04:02:08 PM
http://www.ntsb.gov/doclib/reports/2014/HAB1401.pdf
Title: Re: NTSB Brief on July 2013 Bay Bridge Accident
Post by: BrianP on March 27, 2014, 05:13:16 PM
From the Brief:
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Construction costs for a new crossing are estimated to be $4 billion
Ouch!

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The first bridge had two lanes, was opened on July 30, 1952, and cost $45 million. The second bridge had three lanes, was a "modernized look alike", and cost $148 million, and opened on June 28, 1973.
http://www.roadstothefuture.com/Chesapeake_Bay_Bridge.html

And just yesterday:
Tractor-trailer crash jams Chesapeake Bay Bridge (http://www.delawareonline.com/story/news/local/2014/03/26/tractor-trailer-crash-jams-chesapeake-bay-bridge/6916949/?from=global&sessionKey=&autologin=)
That one was on the westbound span.
Title: Re: NTSB Brief on July 2013 Bay Bridge Accident
Post by: cpzilliacus on March 27, 2014, 05:36:20 PM
Thanks for sharing this.
Title: Re: NTSB Brief on July 2013 Bay Bridge Accident
Post by: hbelkins on March 27, 2014, 09:52:32 PM
I've never felt unsafe crossing the Bay Bridge. Apparently that's not a normal feeling.
Title: Re: NTSB Brief on July 2013 Bay Bridge Accident
Post by: cpzilliacus on March 27, 2014, 10:34:01 PM
I've never felt unsafe crossing the Bay Bridge. Apparently that's not a normal feeling.

Nor I. 

Though I go out of my way to avoid driving east on the westbound span - that is not a pleasant experience.
Title: Re: NTSB Brief on July 2013 Bay Bridge Accident
Post by: Mr_Northside on March 28, 2014, 03:14:56 PM
Though I go out of my way to avoid driving east on the westbound span - that is not a pleasant experience.

That's one of the things that can suck about using the Express EZ-Pass lane.  The last 2 times I've used it (once in '12, once in '13 - both summer) it was automatically shunted into the contra-flow lane of the WB span, and I wasn't gonna try running over cones to avoid it.  I mean, it isn't really *that* bad, but I'd prefer to be on the EB span (but apparently not enough to decide to wait in toll booth lines).
Title: Re: NTSB Brief on July 2013 Bay Bridge Accident
Post by: cpzilliacus on March 28, 2014, 03:32:48 PM
Though I go out of my way to avoid driving east on the westbound span - that is not a pleasant experience.

That's one of the things that can suck about using the Express EZ-Pass lane.  The last 2 times I've used it (once in '12, once in '13 - both summer) it was automatically shunted into the contra-flow lane of the WB span, and I wasn't gonna try running over cones to avoid it.  I mean, it isn't really *that* bad, but I'd prefer to be on the EB span (but apparently not enough to decide to wait in toll booth lines).

I don't use that left E-ZPass lane for precisely that reason.

What I have found works the best to avoid the contraflow lane when headed east is to get as far to the right as possible.  There is usually an E-ZPass only lane open, and the further to the right, the less waiting time.