A New York History Lesson

January 16, 2010

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It’s one thing to forget about mistakes made generations ago. But stupid New York State should have known better.

Those who forget their RECENT history are doomed to repeat it. And that’s just inexcusable!

A report and audit by New York State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli‘s office of the New York State Department of Transportation reveals a number of bridges across the state are in need of repair – and some may be in worse shape than the Champlain Bridge which was recently shut down and demolished.  HT-CN9


When it comes to our bridges we’ve literally been down this road before.  This isn’t the first time we’ve suddenly had a large amount of bridges in need of repair.

It happened less than a quarter century ago.  It was the case of the most spectacular case of bridge failure in New York State.  We should have learned our lesson then.

The Schoharie Creek Bridge on the New York State Thruway collapsed on the morning of April 5, 1987 after three decades of service.  The collapse of pier three caused two spans to fall into the flooded creek.  Five vehicles fell into the river, and ten occupants died.

Back then as now there was a mad rush to inspect all of New York’s bridges.  Not only were a number found to be in need of repair but a number were found impassable.  In the Albany area the Route 4 bridge just north of Schuylerville was closed as a result of these inspections.

If only we learned our lesson back then.  Don’t take bridges for granted, but inspect them frequently.  Either that or 20 years from we’ll be going through the same thing someplace else!

It’s just so frustrating when it seems no matter what the issue is politicians have to play their games.  They don’t care that lives and livelihoods could be at stake.

How can we get more people in government who care more about something other than just getting reelected?

What say you?

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They Blew Up the Bridge!

December 30, 2009

The infamous North Country bridge across Lake Champlain was demolished on Monday. NYDOT closed the bridge in mid October for safety reasons. Monday’s demolition was the first big step toward rebuilding a new one.

Here are two videos of the actual demolition from You Tube. The first one is from a pro news team, the second is raw amateur footage. I included this for their recording of the actual detonation. You can’t see much because of the weather but you get an idea of how the 130 db explosion went off.

Now the real fun begins, cleaning up all the debris from the explosion.

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It’s always a pleasure to share some good news when there’s progress on a story I’ve been following. At long last the powers that be have pulled their heads out of the sand to do something significant regarding the closure of the Champlain bridge.

For a while it just seemed like everything was going downhill fast.  They said they were going to fix the old bridge.  Then it turned out those repairs would only be good for five years.  So they decided they’d have to replace the old bridge at a cost of 67 million and take two years to do it.  (Sorry no stimulus package for you) – from CS9

But now things are looking up on two fronts.  One, there’s going to be a new ferry service right near where the closed bridge is.  Construction of a new access road to the ferry dock will begin ASAP.

And front number two : Farms and businesses affected by the closure of the Lake Champlain Bridge will now be able to receive assistance from the state.

At Last!  Good News For the North Country!

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October 26, 2009

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UH-OH!  New York State could really use some stimulus money for some needful projects.  That is if there’s any money left over from all the pork barrel projects they’ve spent money on.

Now we have a real need.


From Capital News Nine in Albany.

Some people have a phobia about crossing long bridges.

Looks like they’re going to need more than therapy for these!


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