I hate bridges. They give me the hee-bee-gee-bees. The older I get, the worse it gets. Casey is amused by it. But, as I tweeted before, it’s a necessary evil en route to heaven, aka Fenwick Island, DE.
Concerns about the Bay Bridge infrastructure have grown since a fatal crash killed a truck driver last summer. Now our media partner, the Baltimore Sun, reports the Route 40 Bridge and Interstate 95 bridge, both going over the Susquehanna River, have similar problems…
The problem isn’t up here on the road–it’s underneath, with the piers that hold up the driving surface. That’s where the Maryland Transportation Authority found advanced deterioration, but they say the road is safe for now.
“It makes me nervous driving over it, I guess. You’d be worried about your safety. It’s a long bridge, especially in a weighted tractor trailer,” said truck driver Daniel Barnes.
I’m with you, Daniel… though I confess I don’t drive a weighted tractor trailer, but rather a broken-down (but loveable) Jetta. Same diff, right? But you know that “fatal crash that killed a truck driver last summer?” Yeah, I still picture that each and every time I drive across that dang bridge. When will my phobia stop… or better yet – how can I control it?
Oh… and in case you want to read more about how all bridges everywhere are going to break and crumble (and who wouldn’t?), enjoy these lovely stories:
- Route 90 bridge in Ocean City to close to truck traffic: Inspectors find deterioration of girder that supports the structure
- Susquehanna spans need work: ‘Advanced deterioration’ found on I-95, U.S. 40 bridges