Page 1 of 2 12 LastLast
Results 1 to 15 of 22

Thread: Trucks VS Bridge - 11Foot8.com

  1. #1

    Trucks VS Bridge - 11Foot8.com

    In Durham NC on Gregson Street is a railway bridge that has a clearance of 11' 8" . Despite signage, trucks still hit the bridge. A local business owner put up cameras to record the action. Web site is 11Foot8.com. I been watching several you tube videos of the action. Look, enjoy and pity the poor trucker who hits bridge. Even more amazing is STUPID drivers in cars who try to go around trucks when they are backing out from under bridge.

  2. #2
    I like the one where the truck hits the bridge, then backs into the car behind him. That poor truckdriver is havin' a really crappy day.

    I wonder why the city doesn't fix this if it has happened "139 times"? Could they dig that street a couple feet deeper to add clearance, or would that destablize something?
    "All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing."
    - Sir Edmund Burke

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Apr 2016
    Location
    Tasmania
    Posts
    2,162
    Not much beats a good laugh at someone else's expense! Having spent a bit of time on bridge maintenance, I got to hear the excuses for this type of incident. The best one was a guy who swore the wind blew his 20' container off the back of his truck while flatly denying the perfectly matching damage to the bridge and the unsecured twist locks on his truck.

    Sure the county could re engineer the road but truck drivers are supposed to know their load dimensions and be able to read signage. What do these drivers do when there are tree lined roads? Does the local truck body repairer have an advertising billboard in the vicinity?! Cheers

  4. #4
    Most of the trucks are rentals, being driven by someone with no experience. Once we had a driver relate about his experience in Yazzoo City MS. He was hauling a load of logs, when local police stopped him and asked if he hit the stop light in the middle of town. Of course he said no till he got out and looked, and there was stop light wedged between the top two logs. As with anything else, there is two sides to the story. Over on US 70 in Garner is a bridge that had the marked clearance till they added a couple inches of asphalt in a repaving project. Only took a couple trucks before the engineers figured that one out. The state had to pay for damage to trucks. That's why on most interstates, they mill the asphalt down under bridges. One driver related to us his troubles. For years he had hauled steel from Sparrows Point in Baltimore, using a flat trailer and a Mack "B" model tractor. His boss bought him a new Freightliner cab over. On first trip thru tunnel, he was in right lane as always before. Said heard a loud crash, and felt a jolt, When he looked at right side of cab, he said "All I saw was green tiles going by where the corner of the cab should have been."

  5. #5
    Join Date
    Nov 2011
    Location
    Tacoma, WA
    Posts
    204
    It ticks me off when there is a low clearance that is consistently hit. Something could usually be done to to mitigate the accidents and in many cases there is federal money to help.

    If the cost of increasing the clearance is significantly less than the loss to the public due to damage and injuries then the city should request federal/state funds to correct it. The feds have a cost benefit analysis process to determine whether it is cost effective to correct situation and funds are available every year to fix safety problems. If no one is being injured in the accidents then it may not be cost effective to fix.

    An alternative to increasing the clearance would be to place an overhead physical warning structure of some sort with sign lettering "If you hit this you will hit the bridge". It isn't that expensive to dangle some chains or something that sets of a loud horn or in some way makes the driver aware he is going to hit the bridge before he passes the last bridge bypass exit. To stand by and let people continually ruin their day, damage the bridge, or cause injuries is not being very safety minded.

  6. #6
    Join Date
    May 2005
    Location
    Highland MI
    Posts
    3,650
    Blog Entries
    11
    Interesting that in the first video the truck runs the red light and a car behind him gets sucked through. I see it all the time. But the green was so short I am wondering if it triggers red on approaching over height vehicles? But more interesting is if you look carefully they installed a well braced cross beam ahead of the bridge to avoid further bridge damage from future impacts.
    http://11foot8.com/
    Last edited by Ole Anderson; 04-01-2019 at 10:44 AM.
    NOW you tell me...

  7. #7
    Join Date
    Sep 2004
    Location
    Jacksonville, FL
    Posts
    859
    Quote Originally Posted by Bruce Wrenn View Post
    Most of the trucks are rentals, being driven by someone with no experience. Once we had a driver relate about his experience in Yazzoo City MS. He was hauling a load of logs, when local police stopped him and asked if he hit the stop light in the middle of town. Of course he said no till he got out and looked, and there was stop light wedged between the top two logs. As with anything else, there is two sides to the story. Over on US 70 in Garner is a bridge that had the marked clearance till they added a couple inches of asphalt in a repaving project. Only took a couple trucks before the engineers figured that one out. The state had to pay for damage to trucks. That's why on most interstates, they mill the asphalt down under bridges. One driver related to us his troubles. For years he had hauled steel from Sparrows Point in Baltimore, using a flat trailer and a Mack "B" model tractor. His boss bought him a new Freightliner cab over. On first trip thru tunnel, he was in right lane as always before. Said heard a loud crash, and felt a jolt, When he looked at right side of cab, he said "All I saw was green tiles going by where the corner of the cab should have been."
    Some of my fondest and earliest memories were rinding in the front passenger seat of an ole B Model Mack with my Dad back in the early '60s. I miss you Dad.
    Marshall
    ---------------------------
    A Stickley fan boy.

  8. #8
    Join Date
    Sep 2012
    Location
    Bloomington, MN
    Posts
    132
    Quote Originally Posted by Ole Anderson View Post
    Interesting that in the first video the truck runs the red light and a car behind him gets sucked through. I see it all the time. But the green was so short I am wondering if it triggers red on approaching over height vehicles? But more interesting is if you look carefully they installed a well braced cross beam ahead of the bridge to avoid further bridge damage from future impacts.
    http://11foot8.com/
    It looks like in 2016 they added the "Overheight Must Turn" sign. When an overheight vehicle approaches the sign starts blinking and the light turns red to give the driver a minute to stare at it.

  9. #9
    Join Date
    Oct 2016
    Location
    Ogden, UT
    Posts
    469
    maybe it's a form of fatigue life steel bridge testing.

  10. #10
    Join Date
    Nov 2013
    Location
    Waterford, PA
    Posts
    257
    There is a bridge immediately north of the manufacturing plant where I work. After years and years of complaining to both the township and state DOT, they finally placed signage on both intersecting streets indicating the low underpass and the height (11'4"). Despite that, we still get trucks daily that need to find a way to turn around, when they figure out the bridge is too low. At least once a year, the bridge actually gets hit or a truck gets stuck under it.

  11. #11
    Join Date
    Mar 2019
    Location
    Greeley, CO
    Posts
    76
    Quote Originally Posted by Bob Grier View Post
    It ticks me off when there is a low clearance that is consistently hit. Something could usually be done to to mitigate the accidents and in many cases there is federal money to help.

    If the cost of increasing the clearance is significantly less than the loss to the public due to damage and injuries then the city should request federal/state funds to correct it...f no one is being injured in the accidents then it may not be cost effective to fix.

    An alternative to increasing the clearance would be to place an overhead physical warning structure of some sort with sign lettering "If you hit this you will hit the bridge". It isn't that expensive to dangle some chains or something that sets of a loud horn or in some way makes the driver aware he is going to hit the bridge before he passes the last bridge bypass exit. To stand by and let people continually ruin their day, damage the bridge, or cause injuries is not being very safety minded.
    All of the issues are explained in the FAQ. There's a sewer line under the road and the railroad has no interest in shutting down the route for months. And as mentioned, there's an overheight sensor that triggers a 50 second red light with a led sign specifically telling the driver to take a right turn and avoid the underpass. They can't install the overheight chain and beam because legitimate trucks use that route and take a right to deliver to local businesses.

    Sometimes you just can't fix stupid.....

  12. #12
    Join Date
    Feb 2016
    Location
    NE Iowa
    Posts
    458
    Quote Originally Posted by Wes Mitchell View Post
    It looks like in 2016 they added the "Overheight Must Turn" sign. When an overheight vehicle approaches the sign starts blinking and the light turns red to give the driver a minute to stare at it.
    Which means they know a big truck is there - so why not, if you're not going to fix the bridge - make the sign really direct. Flashing red and blue lights that say "YOUR TRUCK IS TO BIG FIT UNDER THIS BRIDGE. TURN NOW." ?

    I mean, yes, people should know what they are driving, and pay attention to the height signs, but if you've gone to the expense of a flashing sign and detectors, why go not go big on the warning? "Overheight; Must Turn" is is like begging for a driver we already know isn't all that tuned in to conclude that they don't mean him, they mean trucks that are overheight.

  13. #13
    Join Date
    Jul 2005
    Location
    Cincinnati Ohio
    Posts
    4,461
    I was driving on the expressway in a construction area where they were repaving the road. Came to an overpass where there was a huge piece of metal hanging off the overpass. About 1/4 mile down the road was a 18 wheeler car hauler parked along the highway. A white F150 on the top of the truck was missing its top. OUCH!
    "Remember back in the day, when things were made by hand, and people took pride in their work?"
    - Rick Dale

  14. #14
    Join Date
    Sep 2007
    Location
    Longview WA
    Posts
    19,819
    Blog Entries
    1
    Quote Originally Posted by Ole Anderson View Post
    Interesting that in the first video the truck runs the red light and a car behind him gets sucked through. I see it all the time. But the green was so short I am wondering if it triggers red on approaching over height vehicles? But more interesting is if you look carefully they installed a well braced cross beam ahead of the bridge to avoid further bridge damage from future impacts.
    http://11foot8.com/
    Well, the story explains it:

    This time the bridge wouldn’t let go so easily of the truck, and so they had to bring in a big tow truck to remove the busted reefer truck.
    The truck driver was probably smoking some of what he was carrying.

    That is why the bridges need to be higher than the driver.

    jtk
    "A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty."
    - Sir Winston Churchill (1874-1965)

  15. #15
    Join Date
    Sep 2007
    Location
    Longview WA
    Posts
    19,819
    Blog Entries
    1
    Quote Originally Posted by Marshall Harrison View Post
    Some of my fondest and earliest memories were rinding in the front passenger seat of an ole B Model Mack with my Dad back in the early '60s. I miss you Dad.

    Same here riding with my dad. Only he had a pick up truck. When going across the San Francisco bay bridge back then the lower deck was for trucks and the upper deck was for passenger vehicles only. The bottom deck only had three lanes since there were also commuter train tracks on the bottom deck.

    jtk
    "A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty."
    - Sir Winston Churchill (1874-1965)

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •