Monitoring WNY's Bridges

Monitoring WNY's Bridges

There are 12 comments on the WGRZ Buffalo story from Aug 2, 2007, titled Monitoring WNY's Bridges. In it, WGRZ Buffalo reports that:

There are more than 19,000 bridges across the state, and with that many, making sure they're sound is no easy task.

Join the discussion below, or Read more at WGRZ Buffalo.

Cheryl

Lewiston, ME

#1 Aug 2, 2007
We really need to start thinking about our own country and using the money that we send to other countries for ourselves. The bridge collapse is a tragedy that should NEVER have happened in the United States.
Anna

North Tonawanda, NY

#2 Aug 2, 2007
I love the History and Discovery Channel's programs about engineering and manmade disasters. Anyone who watches those shows hasn't been waiting for a tragic disaster like the one in the Twin Cities to be concerned about the state of our aging bridges. One of the featured bridges in one of those educational programs is right here in Western New York. If you watch that program, you'll learn that NY already has a stringent bridge inspection system, so there is no need for our politicians to use this latest tragedy to suit their own purposes -- namely, to get their names on proposed legislation and in the news.

Since: Jul 07

Buffalo, NY

#3 Aug 2, 2007
Anna wrote:
I love the History and Discovery Channel's programs about engineering and manmade disasters. Anyone who watches those shows hasn't been waiting for a tragic disaster like the one in the Twin Cities to be concerned about the state of our aging bridges. One of the featured bridges in one of those educational programs is right here in Western New York. If you watch that program, you'll learn that NY already has a stringent bridge inspection system, so there is no need for our politicians to use this latest tragedy to suit their own purposes -- namely, to get their names on proposed legislation and in the news.
So NY already has a stringent bridge inspection system? Well, so what have they done? That bridge on Cemetary Rd in Lancaster still has nets catching the falling slabs of concrete.
The railroad overpass going over Bailey just south of William is rotting away. The railroad overpasses all around the William/Fillmore/Howard section is rotting away.
The bridge in Minneapolis that collapsed was built in 1967. It is 40 years old. In the 50's and early 60's, when I lived on Smith St., I played on those railroad tracks that ran behind Doze Park - corner of William and Fillmore. And those railroad tracks were old then! They are much older than the bridge that collapsed in Minn.
Yep, NY has an inspection system---whoop-de-do!
Concerned Citizen

Buffalo, NY

#4 Aug 2, 2007
Never fear, why do you think they raised the TOll to .75. Where do you think the money is going. To restore and reinforce the bridge. NOT
Be scared
Anna

North Tonawanda, NY

#5 Aug 2, 2007
an observer wrote:
<quoted text>
So NY already has a stringent bridge inspection system?...
Yep, NY has an inspection system---whoop-de-do!
Yes, and the point is that the proposals that are being suggested by legislators are already encoded, so there's no need for them to waste time at our expense. Legislators should also not waste our time jumping to get their name advertised by proposing legislation that already exists. Everytime some tragedy occurs, politicians act like it's never happened before, racing to propose legislation so their names get onto bills so they can go to their constituents with the numbers to "prove" they've been busy working on our behalf. It's a commercial racket that focuses on "fad" issues.

What they SHOULD do is fund and enforce codes that are already on the books.
The Golden Greek

Rochester, NY

#6 Aug 3, 2007
I travel all summer long to my summer place in Canada and use the Lewiston and Peace bridge. My question is: Were these two bridges designed to hold "BUMPER TO BUMPER" CARS AND TRUCKS sitting there on the bridge. I am sure when they were built they did not design them to hold that weight. Question #2 is when were they built and what is their rating when inspected last? "The Greek's Peek"
Higher Taxes

Buffalo, NY

#7 Aug 3, 2007
Hey folks, this tragedy is all the politicians need to argue for higher taxes. After all, you don't want YOUR bridge to fall down do you? Therefore, higher taxes are needed to pay for it. Believe me, this WILL be the mantra. Think of the CHILDREN !!
Routes 5 and 20 Bridge

Lancaster, NY

#8 Aug 3, 2007
The bridge that is used where New York State RTE 5 & US RTE 20 meet, just outside of Silver Creek (where a bridge collapsed in 1987), leaving the Cattaraugus Indian Reservation, is less than 60% functional! And can't even be repaired, it needs to be completely rebuilt has been sitting there barely holding on for 2 years now.
Why are we only inspecting bridges built like the one in Minneapolis? This bridge is a New York State Route AND a U.S. Route!!! You would think being 2 important Routes this would be a pressing issue!
The claims are not enough money. Routes 5 & 20 are the busiest traveled but cars and tractor trailers in the area besides the Thruway. No one has drawn attention to this or has put pressure on the government to get this fixed.
We are to "suppose" it's in the works; I guess just bolting a guard rail across it will save the bottom supports from being washed away from the Cattaraugus Creek. Thousands use this bridge on a daily basis. What is it really going to take to get some action?
Susan

North Boston, NY

#9 Aug 3, 2007
I am absolutely furious that the GI Bridges (or any bridges for that matter)are on this list. That is just not acceptable. The only way to get to the Island is over these bridges. Until the repairs are made, and they should be done ASAP, at the very least they should stop tractor trailers immediately from going over them. There are far too many of them that travel them every day.
Edwin

Lockport, NY

#10 Aug 3, 2007
Susan wrote:
I am absolutely furious that the GI Bridges (or any bridges for that matter)are on this list. That is just not acceptable. The only way to get to the Island is over these bridges. Until the repairs are made, and they should be done ASAP, at the very least they should stop tractor trailers immediately from going over them. There are far too many of them that travel them every day.
? Are you saying the Grand Island Bridges are on this list? Are you sure about this?
Tina from Depew

United States

#11 Aug 3, 2007
There are 4 overpass bridges on Transit Rd. between Walden and Gould avenue that are in deplorable condition and an accident waiting to happen. Getting caught under one of them in traffic is scary! Bring out troops home and use the money saved to fix up areas in our own country.
Karl in Irving

United States

#12 Aug 3, 2007
Can you imagine the great roads and bridges we could have with the money spent on the "war" in Iraq?

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