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Author Topic: NTSB Brief on July 2013 Bay Bridge Accident  (Read 1985 times)

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Re: NTSB Brief on July 2013 Bay Bridge Accident
« Reply #1 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
That one was on the westbound span.
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Re: NTSB Brief on July 2013 Bay Bridge Accident
« Reply #2 on: March 27, 2014, 05:36:20 PM »

Thanks for sharing this.
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Re: NTSB Brief on July 2013 Bay Bridge Accident
« Reply #3 on: March 27, 2014, 09:52:32 PM »

I've never felt unsafe crossing the Bay Bridge. Apparently that's not a normal feeling.
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Re: NTSB Brief on July 2013 Bay Bridge Accident
« Reply #4 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.
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Re: NTSB Brief on July 2013 Bay Bridge Accident
« Reply #5 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).
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Re: NTSB Brief on July 2013 Bay Bridge Accident
« Reply #6 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.
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