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The NTSB is being polite in how they present this, but this was a problem 
with stupid.  This problem did not have to happen.  The driver had the 
appropriate permits issued by the State of Washington, and the driver's 
permit listed the load height at 15'-9".  The driver was conscientious and 
even measured his load height while he was underway.  The bridge clearance 
was 14'-5".  The bridge had been hit before by high loads.  Washington 
regulations only require posting the height limits on a bridge if they are 
less than 14'-4".

The driver's permit stated "Does Not Guarantee Height Clearance."

The state cannot afford about a dollars worth of paint or a $10 sign, and 
now it is going to cost $15 million to replace the bridge.  And the Federal 
 government is going to provide $1 million in emergency aid.

We have Google Earth and posting height and load limits is a key stroke 
away for any DOT to use.  If they have time to inspect a bridge, pulling up 
 Google Earth and posting the height limits is not that difficult.

This is one of those problems that did not have to happen.  But as long as 
we do not hold our bureaucrats accountable, we will spend $15 million to 
solve a $1 problem.

Regards, Harold Sprague

> From: vicpeng(--nospam--at)
> Date: Mon, 27 May 2013 07:27:59 -0700
> Subject: RE: [SEAINT-SEAOSC] AP: Wash. State bridge
> To: seaint-seaosc(--nospam--at)
> Hi Neil
> Interesting looking course, thanks.
> Thor
> -----Original Message-----
> From: seaint-seaosc(--nospam--at) [mailto:seaint-seaosc(--nospam--at)] On
> Behalf Of nma Sent: May-27-13 6:25 AM
> To: seaint-seaosc(--nospam--at)
> Subject: Re: [SEAINT-SEAOSC] AP: Wash. State bridge
> Thor:
> Apparently we have a couple of scenarios going on here. The first is some

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