Rockford, Illinois, USA
February 05
I'm a regular middle aged guy, living in a regular middle class neighborhood, in a regular middle-sized community in the middle of America. I am an expatriate Texan transplanted to the Midwest, and wondering how I got here, and where I'm headed.

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MARCH 18, 2012 11:16AM

I Think I'll Take the Other Bridge

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My wife grew up in an old, industrial town in Northern Illinois.  The Rock River forms the northern border of the town, and along its banks stretch several miles of steel mills and machine tool manufacturers.  Several bridges span the river, and serve as indispensible transportation routes to the industrial facilities.

Right now, one of the bridges is undergoing repairs.  The  bridge is open to traffic while the work goes on.  Personally, I think I'll use a different bridge next time I'm in town.



bridge 1




bridge 2




bridge 3




bridge 4
Do we really want 18-wheelers riding on this bridge?


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Steve, I'm on the same page with you about the bridge! Even though it would have been tested by engineers it does not have an appearance that inspires confidence!
Holy Crap! Too bad Mike Madigan doesn't read OS---maybe he could check his pockets for spare change and FIX that! This should be on the front page of the Tribune. . .as opposed to Blago calling home from prison to report on what he had for breakfast.
Good grief. How did it get that bad?

We actually had a (mercifully much smaller) bridge give way not far from here a couple of years ago, taking a stake truck with it. Luckily, no one was killed, but repairs to the several hundred bridges in the county have been stepped up accordingly.
Holy frak. Still a tip of the cap to the original engineers and builders, that the bridge could take that much abuse and still function.
This should be an EP! Given the number of substandard bridges in America, this is a real eye opener.
They should set up a toll booth and sell crossing insurance.
It wasn't supposed to hit home until after the elections.
Friends, thanks for stopping by this little post. I know it's pretty insignificant in the big scheme of things, but one has to wonder just how common a scenario it is. Paul, you're quite the entrepreneur! As for me, I think I'll just drive a mile down the road and take a different bridge!