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Houston TX: I-10 San Jacinto River Bridge Closed Due To Barge Strike

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Bobby5280:
Long distance traffic could bypass that bridge strike area by taking US-90 from the I-10/I-610 interchange up to Dayton and across to Beaumont to pick up I-10 again. With all the growth in the Houston region and farther West in Austin that leg of US-90 between Houston and Beaumont could be upgraded into a freeway and connected to the Grand Parkway to give I-10 traffic headed to/from Austin a viable Northern bypass of central Houston.

Road Hog:
This reminds me of when a runaway barge took down the I-40 bridge over the Arkansas River in Oklahoma. These piers need to be better protected when they construct these bridges over navigable waters.

MikieTimT:

--- Quote from: Road Hog on February 24, 2019, 08:44:20 PM ---This reminds me of when a runaway barge took down the I-40 bridge over the Arkansas River in Oklahoma. These piers need to be better protected when they construct these bridges over navigable waters.

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That bridge collapse killed a buddy of mine I used to go fishing with along with his wife who was his high-school sweetheart as well as his little daughter who was the youngest death at that scene.  They certainly need caissons or something stronger to protect the bridge piers on either side of the channel, but in the case of I-40, the barge went out of the channel and hit one of the other piers.  Unless they put caissons on both sides of every pier of every bridge of every navigable waterway, these things are going to occasionally happen.  There is an enormous amount of momentum with a 9 to 15 barge tow, which are common on that stretch of the Arkansas River.

rte66man:

--- Quote from: MikieTimT on February 24, 2019, 09:24:31 PM ---
--- Quote from: Road Hog on February 24, 2019, 08:44:20 PM ---This reminds me of when a runaway barge took down the I-40 bridge over the Arkansas River in Oklahoma. These piers need to be better protected when they construct these bridges over navigable waters.

--- End quote ---

That bridge collapse killed a buddy of mine I used to go fishing with along with his wife who was his high-school sweetheart as well as his little daughter who was the youngest death at that scene.  They certainly need caissons or something stronger to protect the bridge piers on either side of the channel, but in the case of I-40, the barge went out of the channel and hit one of the other piers.  Unless they put caissons on both sides of every pier of every bridge of every navigable waterway, these things are going to occasionally happen.  There is an enormous amount of momentum with a 9 to 15 barge tow, which are common on that stretch of the Arkansas River.

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That is correct. The bridges all had protective caissons on the north side (heading downstream) but none on the south side (heading upstream).  None thought it was possible for a barge to be that far off when fighting the current.  Oklahoma retrofitted all of the McClellan-Kerr bridges with caissons soon after.

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