Really? With all the technology, they never thought of this?   6 comments

Spent the dat in Owls Head at Mom’s.  Notriced on the way there that huge chunks of ice were falling from teh big, shiny new wirtes on the Penobscot Narrows Bridge.

 

Coming home tonight in another freaking winter storm (mixed precip=ice) and got to the bridge, only to find it closed.  No other info there. 

So, we drove 20 miles upriver to cross at Bangor, then 20 miles downriver to home.  So I can tell you EXACTLY where this storm’s rain snow line is.

Lovely driving, let me tell you. We made it home safely, but a couple of hours later than we had hoped.

Once home, we did some research.  the bridge closed this morning, very shortly after we went over it to the west, and is closed until they can reevaluate the situation tomorrow.  Meanwhile, I guess huge chunks of ice fell from the wires and hits cars.  We were lucky to just see it fall, not get hit by it.

 

Did they never think where the ice and snow from the bridge wires would go? (Photo from www.Michaelstapleton.com  Bridge looks like this in summer, but the old bridge behind it is no longer.)

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Posted December 29, 2013 by salpal1 in Uncategorized

6 responses to “Really? With all the technology, they never thought of this?

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  1. At least your official decided to close it. Here in NY they’d put a sign in front of it saying, “Falling Ice” and leave it open. When someone got killed they’d tsk tsk what a tragedy and do the exact same thing all over again. To close a bridge here a huge section of it would have to be missing

    • yes – after three cars were totaled by falling ice, the county sheriffs closed it and called Maine DOT. It is still closed, while they figure out what to do. Meanwhile, they have not cleaned it off since yesterday, so we have fallen ice (huge chunks) which got rained on and frozen and snowed on. I wonder how the heck they will clean it up so we can use it before spring? And I wonder why they never thought about ice prevention when they built it? meanwhile, if I want to go west, I drive to Bangor, which is northeast, if that isn’t annoying, I don’t know what is! I have a friend who will have to do that to go to work until it opens – an extra hour on a good day to his commute.

      • Regular people can’t function this way. It is the complete responsibility of the DOT to get it taken care of in the shortest time possible. After all the years of New England winter and they are scrambling for an answer. The national press should pick up the story and embarrass them.

        • I wonder why they haven’t? The bridge opened this morning. I think it was because it got cold again, and the ice refroze and stopped falling. So until the next bit of warm weather, we can get to Mom’s house. 🙂

  2. That happened here! We had a brand new bridge and last year they discovered ice collects on it and smashes cars. Since we don’t get a whole lot of winter here, it wasn’t *too* surprising this had been overlooked, but most places can’t afford to overlook that! In the end they added some bots that crawl up and down the wires to get ice loose while there isn’t much of it. Maybe they’ll try the same solution there?

    • Oh, I like that idea! I will look fro bots on our bridge next winter. They finally reopened it early this morning – I think it finally got cold enough that the ice will stay put until the next thaw.

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