County to fix North Catasauqua bridge

The Hokendaqua-North Catasauqua Bridge remained closed Monday following a crash on the span Saturday night. Full Story
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Abe

Allentown, PA

#1 Nov 18, 2008
Why the mystery of the driver's identity? Politician or relative of big-wig?

Since: Mar 07

Allentown

#2 Nov 18, 2008
How on god's green earth can a bridge rated as a 2 OUT OF 100 even remain open??? How??? Thats all I would like to know.
Replace that bridge

Santa Ana, CA

#3 Nov 18, 2008
therookie300 wrote:
How on god's green earth can a bridge rated as a 2 OUT OF 100 even remain open??? How??? Thats all I would like to know.
Because around here, people are too damned cheap and in denial that it's already way past it's shelf life. They'd rather rationalize away and accept the risk and wait until someone dies. Just as long as it's not them, their family or someone they know, it's okay with their wallet.

While others play a "wait and see police report" approach regarding their view of circumstances surrounding an unfortunate driver and passengers in this latest mishap; I'd like to see a licensed structural engineer stake their name, reputation and credentials on the probable future longevity of a 100 year old, patch-jobbed bridge, which was never assembled correctly to start with.
mom of a senior

Whitehall, PA

#5 Nov 18, 2008
Maybe they were waiting for the whole thing to just crumble into the river so they could decalre it a disaster and have the government put in a whole new one for free. I haven't used that bridge in years, gave me the creeps.
D-oh

Allentown, PA

#7 Nov 18, 2008
Here's an idea. Make the yahoo that destroyed the bridge pay to fix it instead of county taxpayers. Might get through to the insane drivers killing people on local roads.
Joe

Boyertown, PA

#8 Nov 18, 2008
I live right down the street from this bridge. Its a joke. Only in PA (and Minnesota) would you have such a lax approach to maintenance of infrastructure. Everyone around is too busy counting their money to care about taking care of things.
Storm

Whitehall, PA

#9 Nov 18, 2008
Glenn- get this bridge repaired before something happens. Whatever projects are sl;ated for next year put them off and fix the bridge.

Julie Harhart should also get in the act. She lives a mile from this bridge.
mack

Macungie, PA

#10 Nov 18, 2008
D-oh wrote:
Here's an idea. Make the yahoo that destroyed the bridge pay to fix it instead of county taxpayers. Might get through to the insane drivers killing people on local roads.
D-oh, maybe you should read the article before posting. If you had, you would have read that the driver's insurance company is responbile for paying for the repairs not the county.
mack

Macungie, PA

#11 Nov 18, 2008
Abe wrote:
Why the mystery of the driver's identity? Politician or relative of big-wig?
Abe - the driver is a minor.
West End Resident

Allentown, PA

#12 Nov 18, 2008
Sheesh. If they're old enough to have a driver's license - and/ or cause that much damage and disruption - then there's no need to keep their name secret. They don't with the juvey's that get into serious criminal trouble, and it's not like they're a "child of tender years" anymore whose feelings have to be protected.

Get the cell phone records - if the drvier was talking, they should be prosecuted.

Oh yeah - want to bet the insurance company puts up a big fight about how much it really cost to repair that portion of the bridge, or how much they should pay for it, because it was already badly deteriorated and that's why so much damage occurred, and / or now the COunty's repairs made it so much better than it was, you should deduct the cost of the "improvements" from the bill, etc., etc. Stay tuned ...
Catty Man

Bethlehem, PA

#13 Nov 18, 2008
West End Resident wrote:
Sheesh. If they're old enough to have a driver's license - and/ or cause that much damage and disruption - then there's no need to keep their name secret. They don't with the juvey's that get into serious criminal trouble, and it's not like they're a "child of tender years" anymore whose feelings have to be protected.
Agreed. If they would have went over and into the river, their names would have been published.
Robo

Allentown, PA

#14 Nov 18, 2008
if you want a comment from the North Catasauqua Police Chief, just walk into the Borough Office he sist in there all day with the secretaries drinking coffee. guarantee you will find his "FAT ASS:" there..........

Since: Oct 08

Whitehall

#15 Nov 18, 2008
Now the county is happy to jump in and fix the bridge now that the guy's insurance company will foot some if not most of the bill.
no more patch jobs

Allentown, PA

#16 Nov 18, 2008
Tear down the current rusted, broken down bridge and build a new one. Now they're talking about another repair? What a joke!
Replace that bridge

Santa Ana, CA

#19 Nov 18, 2008
no more patch jobs wrote:
Tear down the current rusted, broken down bridge and build a new one. Now they're talking about another repair? What a joke!
Finally, somebody with a clue gets it.

THANK YOU!!!
Replace that bridge

Santa Ana, CA

#20 Nov 18, 2008
I wonder if a county-wide petition would help expedite this matter?
catty kid

Chicago, IL

#21 Nov 18, 2008
Everyone who lives around this bridge knows it's dangerous and difficult to drive on. It shakes and it's extremely slippery whenever it rains/snows/is even a little bit humid. It definitely needs a big sign at both ends - WARNING: Cross at your own risk.
Former commuter

United States

#22 Nov 18, 2008
I used to have to cross this bridge four times a day while ferrying someone to work at the Northampton Generating plant. The same trucks that powered that plant delivering culm and fines were frequently overloaded to the tune of 90,000 pounds, that crossed that bridge 34 times on an 8 hour shift, 3 shifts a day, every day.

So this automobile accident that 'merely' took out a railing, is probably the most fortuitous thing to happen to anyone who uses that bridge and was relying on crossed fingers to believe they wouldn't one day wind up in the Lehigh river.

It's not encouraging when serendipity is the first to inspire a change that thinking humans should have been willing to admit was neccessary a long time ago.
ivehadit

Allentown, PA

#23 Nov 18, 2008
knock it down and rebuild for crying out loud, it is one of the worst in the state and it is time.
Bethlehem Friend

Allentown, PA

#24 Nov 18, 2008
Does nobody actually read the articles before they comment? The bridge designs are done. It's now out of the counties hands. Its in the states hands. THEY must approve the dismantling and rebuilding of this old iron eyesore. While I agree that the bridge needs to come down and be replaced, we wont get anywhere yelling at the county. They are waiting, just like we are, for the word to come down that the project can move forward. As for the person that stated the driver and his family have no cell phones, thats all well and good. But, a young driver + 3 passengers + a very rainy day = trouble on that bridge. Was the radio up loud? Was the driver paying attention to the roads? if that car spun out of control, you can bet your behind that he was going too fast, and not paying close enough attention. Its obvious.

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