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Mark,
 
I missed this one.  It all appears to come to the issue of maintenance.  I wonder if any new technical information on that collapse is available.
 
A couple years ago, I saw some steel bridges in NYC that were in a very bad - to say the least - structural shape.  Even Verrazzano did not look that good with rust showing through old paint.  I wrote about that on the List trying to get attention of NYC engineers, but did not get any response.
 
This last May I was in NJ again, and did not find whole lot of changes with the Verrazzano bridge.  Other city bridges - on the way to JFK - looked freshly painted, but I was not able to see if the holes (sic) in the girder webs were properly repaired.
 
Thanks,
 
V. Steve Gordin, SE
Irvine CA
 
----- Original Message -----
Sent: Friday, August 24, 2007 13:46
Subject: Guano and Bridge Failure

Here you go. I saw this and thought it was interesting.

http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,294153,00.html

Mark E. Deardorff, SE
R & S Tavares Associates, Inc
9815 Carroll Canyon Road
Suite 206
San Diego, CA 92131
Phone: 858-444-3344
Phone: 209-863-8928
mark(--nospam--at)rstavares.com
www.rstavares.com



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