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Old 08-08-2016, 09:15 AM   #1
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There was a similar sign with steel pipe on chains hanging below the height warning in Sealy, TX. It was on the news recently that this was hit and I killed a child.
Sealy bridge demolition underway after deadly accident

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This web site is about a low clearance bridge in NC:

11 FOOT 8 - The Canopener Bridge
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There was a similar sign with steel pipe on chains hanging below the height warning in Sealy, TX. It was on the news recently that this was hit and I killed a child.
Sealy bridge demolition underway after deadly accident

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You killed a child? You really need to preview your posts before submitting them.
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This web site is about a low clearance bridge in NC:

11 FOOT 8 - The Canopener Bridge

I've seen several clips of vehicles hitting this bridge on TV. It's a pure wonder to me how this bridge can remain intact and usable, (even with the steel protector beam) and it's a train bridge to boot! Don't know why they just don't replace it.

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I've seen several clips of vehicles hitting this bridge on TV. It's a pure wonder to me how this bridge can remain intact and usable, (even with the steel protector beam) and it's a train bridge to boot! Don't know why they just don't replace it.

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Since this is a RR bridge they would have to raise the tracks on either side for a mile or so. There isn't enough RR easement to have the proper width base for the tracks. The NCDOT is too lazy to reroute the road, or raise the road and have a regular crossing.
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I've had our Garmin 760-RV warn us several times that a route that I wanted to take had bridges/obstacles that were too low for our rig. The thing can be a real life saver!
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Since this is a RR bridge they would have to raise the tracks on either side for a mile or so. There isn't enough RR easement to have the proper width base for the tracks. The NCDOT is too lazy to reroute the road, or raise the road and have a regular crossing.
Yeah I see what you mean. Well, they'll probably just wait till there's a collapse and a major derailment. Then come up with a plan. That's what I see happen in most places.

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I am from that area - lived there for 18 years and have seen incidents like this on the news about once every 2 months. It surprises me that no one has commented about the STUPID drivers that ignore the signs and blame the NCDOT for not fixing it. If lawn darts were still around would this happen or would they be weeded out? Sorry rant over.

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I am from that area - lived there for 18 years and have seen incidents like this on the news about once every 2 months. It surprises me that no one has commented about the STUPID drivers that ignore the signs and blame the NCDOT for not fixing it. If lawn darts were still around would this happen or would they be weeded out? Sorry rant over.

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You got a point there Jim! It is surprising, sometimes the bigger the sign, the more that no one sees/reads it! Crazy world.

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Since this is a RR bridge they would have to raise the tracks on either side for a mile or so. There isn't enough RR easement to have the proper width base for the tracks. The NCDOT is too lazy to reroute the road, or raise the road and have a regular crossing.
Being a retired Transportation Engineer I can agree with this. We had a crossing over I-5 just after a bridge overy the Columbia River in WA. The railroad would agree to raising the bridge IF the state paid ALL costs including extra fuel costs for evey train that crossed it forever. We ended up lowering the grade and putting in pumping station for the drain water. You don't want to mess with the railroad grades or crossings.
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Being a retired Transportation Engineer I can agree with this. We had a crossing over I-5 just after a bridge overy the Columbia River in WA. The railroad would agree to raising the bridge IF the state paid ALL costs including extra fuel costs for evey train that crossed it forever. We ended up lowering the grade and putting in pumping station for the drain water. You don't want to mess with the railroad grades or crossings.
Wow. I can sure see how that made a short argument out of the situation.

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