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Bay Bridge: problems at the S curve

Original post made by Qwerty, Another Pleasanton neighborhood, on Nov 9, 2009

CHP had this to say about the recent fatal accident on the Bay Bridge:

"The California Highway Patrol said the primary factors in the accident were the driver's speed and the shifting weight of his cargo, not any problems with the S-curve's design.

Read more: Web Link"

Does that statement bother anyone? Even if the driver were going over the speed limit, there have been 40+ accidents on the S curve since it opened. Is CHP just trying to save the state's @$$? Seems to me the S curve is a lot of trouble. If there weren't any problems with its design, would they have had as many accidents as there have been?

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Posted by Cholo
a resident of Livermore
on Nov 10, 2009 at 8:21 am

SHUT DOWN THE BRIDGE. OR: Only 3 lanes open. Lower the speed to 30 mph. Anybody who violates the speed limit, arrest them and send them to Santa Rita for a few days to help them slow down.

A Professor in Berkeley said that the bridge is not structurally sound. Well...I take BART anyway...later for all you coo coo drivers.

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Posted by Fed Up
a resident of Country Fair
on Nov 10, 2009 at 9:07 am

When I learned Rodriquez, politically correct minority contractor cut corners REusing, old used concrete for bridge footings, I thought I wouldn't use the bridge anymore. Politicians who hired him & looked the other way, were & are silent. Then using the cracked eyebar, I knew I wasn't driving it again. Then the S turn jack-knifed Safeway truck 7 hour shutdown. Yesterday a driver plunges over the edge and 40+ accidents in 2 months ? Where were /are our best and brightest public employees ??

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Posted by Cholo
a resident of Livermore
on Nov 10, 2009 at 5:17 pm

fed X: are you telling a tall tale, a whopper or a lie?

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Posted by Jerry
a resident of Oak Hill
on Nov 11, 2009 at 1:31 am

They can install warning signs, lane bubbles, reflective strips, speed indicators, or whatever. When did that ever slow down California drivers...

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Posted by coo coo driver
a resident of another community
on Nov 11, 2009 at 10:02 am

paint fake potholes. Cholo could use the work

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Posted by Arroyo
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Nov 11, 2009 at 12:22 pm

What saddens and disappoints me is that CalTrans misread the potential problems. What they're doing now to make it "safer", should've been done in the beginning. Also, adding small "ripple" strips, that will shake the fillings out of your teeth when approaching the "S" curve, would most certainly wake up those sleepy drivers before it's too late.

Also, I have learned NOT to travel next to a truck trying to negotiate the curve. The lanes are narrow, and the longer tractor-trailer rigs are challenged to stay in those narrow lanes under normal conditions.

Wouldn't a nice bridge spanning from Brisbane to San Leandro have been helpful? Oh, that's right, the enviro-wackos killed the project.

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Posted by Rich Nerd
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Nov 11, 2009 at 3:27 pm

I have become convinced that the Berkeley civil engineering professor that is always sounding off is strictly a publicity seeker. He offers very few pracitcal solutions, but rather seems to be an academic pinhead fishing for conulting gigs (i.e. all theory and no real engineering experience). Shutting the bridge down and waiting the four years for the new one to be completed is not an option.

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Posted by Cholo
a resident of Livermore
on Nov 11, 2009 at 9:28 pm

I would love to paint fake potholes...I would put faces and ears on each hole and give them a special name. I would attach braids and provide nose harps for all parties.

When the work is completed, we shall all meet at the BERRY PATCH for a free giveaway!

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Posted by Just Slow Down
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Nov 12, 2009 at 11:52 am


Your tire's all flat 'N junk - Did I do that?

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