Monday, November 12, 2012

The World's Toughest Bridge

This bridge is right next to campus here at Duke.  I have seen these incidents twice, with my own eyes.  And heard them with my ears.  Very, very, very loud, and violent.  Cool.


With thanks to WEH

10 comments:

John Thacker said...

I assume you've seen the appropriately named website, 11foot8.com?

Pelsmin said...

It seems they could have saved people a lot of time and money if they had sprung for the 11'- 10" bridge.

John Thacker said...

The bridge actually is a hair over 11'10", incidentally. The sign understates the height, to give same room.

The railroad trestle is 100 years old. The sewer main underneath is also 100 years old, and makes it difficult to lower the road.

libertariangrump said...

But Mr. Munger, without government, who would build the truck-destroying-bridges?

Angry Alex said...

I see that. Look on the bright side. Think about all of jobs that bridge has create for autobody repair men LOL

Michael said...

Why do you think the second hay wagon driver kept on going after the first one had such a bad experience? Was he afraid the momentum would spill his load?

Patrick R. Sullivan said...

There is a low bridge in the University of Washington Arboretum in Seattle, that is so notorious that whenever someone rents a U-Haul truck in that city the contract will have a clause in it that prohibits the truck from being driven in that park.

Chris Edelman said...

Also, who was filming all these? It´s like they have a live webcam where anyone can just tune in any time of the day and see "bridgenator" in action live...

Fundman said...

You'd think Two Guys with a Truck would just shut down their Durham franchise after seeing that video.

John B said...

Michael -- I think your guess is correct. A sudden stop with a load of hay (or about anything else heavy) would cause the load to fall forward, on the driver, rather than falling back, on to the road. Clever driver.