Now, about the "M" bridge:
There's evidence there was damage to this bridge at least as long ago as 2019. Apparently the only reason the bridge was closed this time is that this time one of the inspectors called 911 and said the traffic needed to be cleared as soon as possible. This is making us wonder what the heck these inspections are for. To give us comfort and confidence? In spite of the present dangers? Do these inspection reports just get submitted, ignored, and filed without any serious consideration of the issues uncovered? Scary!
from the news:
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (WMC) - One of the benefits of the M-bridge being so beloved and so photographed by Memphians is we have lots of pictures and videos of it. So, when transportation officials said they didn’t know when that bridge fracture happened, a couple of curious citizens started looking through their photo albums.
from WKNO: While reviewing their current investigation of the fracture, ADOT spokesperson Dave Parker says staff came across drone footage from a consulting firm’s inspection of the bridge’s cables in 2019. “That drone video happened to capture an image of what looks to be evidence of damage in May of 2019 that’s in the same area as this break,” he says, noting that the consulting firm was not hired to do a “full blown inspection,” just examine the cables. Now, the agency is looking into whether damage was identified during ADOT’s official inspection of the crossing in September of 2019.
..."Detective Dee" and the Mystery of the "Phantom Flame," I like the alliteration.ReplyDelete
Always a plus :)Delete
I only get the comment "This video is age-restricted and only available on YouTube." and on YouTube... it´s not available in Germany.ReplyDelete
Hm. Must be some tough stuff you linked at ;-)
It's rated PG-13 here. I don't know what that'd be in Germany. Are Tubi and Pluto websites you can access there?Delete
That is scary about the M-bridge. One of Louise Penny's books has a theme about nefarious bridge safety inspections & the citizen that tried to sound the alarm. Art imitating real life ...ReplyDelete
The past inspections need looking into. I mean, if you're gonna inspect the bridges, then the inspections ought to get some consideration.Delete
The film sounds like it is worth a watch. And that bridge crack looked huge. I think it was good they found it before anyone got hurt.ReplyDelete
People around here are making jokes about what the word "crack" means. We think it definitely looks like more than a "crack".Delete
I started to watch this and it kept buffering, so I plan to finish it tonight when there isn't so much traffic on the internet.ReplyDelete
Good for the inspector who took matters into his own hands. I wonder how many reports have been buried and how many never got filed in the first place. Thanks for the update. This is info we don't get now that the bridge is not in the national limelight.
Some are saying that the design of the bridge may be partially to blame, but I'm not seeing any explanation of that. The project has been bid out, so I'm hoping we'll see progress towards a plan soon.Delete
I'm not able to view the video because of age restrictions....Am I too old or too young?!! ValerieReplyDelete
I can't imagine. It's rated PG-13 here. Film ratings make no sense. No sense at all.Delete
A new one to me! and very interesting about the bridge!ReplyDelete
My younger son recommended this to me. I'd never heard of it before.Delete