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Re: AP: Wash. State bridge collapses into Skagit River; sends vehicles, people into water

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Here is a personal photo of a 6-lane bridge that was listed as
"structurally deficient" in 2007 (photo is from 2007, deck was placed in
the 60's).

Thats about 10' width of decking underside between the box structures.

Here is a photo of a AASHTO-I-beam added later used to support expanded
lanes (deck expanded to 6 lanes total instead of 4):,7ffgiV4#1

The reconstruction just started this year. In general, DOTs care, but they
are spending money to fix leaking holes. I think serious thought needs to
be given to reconsidering what is considered "acceptable" vs
"unacceptable". The bridge I show survived the 6 years between this
inspection and the replacement, but I would never personally feel
comfortable driving over sad bridge, and I feel a disaster was avoided due
to pure luck.

Michael Stone

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