America’s roads and bridges are in horrible shape. We could fix them up and provide lots of jobs in the process. But we won’t!
When LA closes a major freeway for construction, the city usually comes up with scary names for it to keep people off the roads. Carmageddon. Jamzilla. This weekend, the city is taking a different approach. The “101 Slow Jam” not only has a cute name, it has a video starring LA Mayor Eric Garcetti doing his best-worst…
Next time, take the car with you, dude.
The craziest part isn’t that 23-year-old Mary Lambright drove her 30-ton truck onto this tiny bridge in Paoli, Indiana built in 1880. It’s that she knew that the bridge’s weight limit was six tons. She just didn’t know how many pounds that was.
On this day in 1990, the I-90 Floating Bridge in Seattle collapsed. It sank so slowly that local news teams were able to easily record its comically slow demise.
Cities can learn a lot from Copenhagen’s multimodal ways. But how about this inspiring piece of infrastructure from the Danish city: Instead of simply adding a frilly statue to mark its harbor’s entrance, this bridge incorporates housing and provides a stunning vista for tourists and residents alike.
Remember Carmageddon, LA’s massive freeway widening project that was supposed to paralyze the city? (It didn’t.) The demolition of a single overpass alone took an entire weekend. Earlier this month, a major Beijing overpass was demolished and completely replaced in less than two days.
One of the largest remaining chunks of San Francisco’s Bay Bridge is coming down tomorrow, as engineers continue to dismantle the aging piece of infrastructure. But how to protect the fish and other wildlife in the area as it gets taken down? By blowing bubbles.
The mighty Iowa Class Battleships are known for their heavy armor, yet their bank vault-like conning towers were possibly the most blatant example of how over-engineered these vessels were so that they could take a brutal beating and keep on fighting.
Ahh, it’s Friday at last. The end of a long week. The end of a long two weeks for most of your humble, hardworking Jalopnik staff. Time to log off, kick back, crack open a Shiner Bock and... oh look! The low-ass bridge in Boston got another truck! Hooray!
I’m not sure what the hell people in Sabula, Iowa are doing, but they seem to have pissed off the Almighty an awful lot, because this infestation of shadflies (or mayflies, if you’re nasty) sure seems like some Biblical-grade plague shit. This video is from the Iowa DOT’s Facebook page, and it’s cringe-inducing.
The sad state of America’s bridges is a perennial topic amongst engineers and a regular talking point for politicians, all of whom have a plan to fix them. An interesting post from the European Space Agency shows how one of the best tools for repair is actually hanging out in Low Earth Orbit.
Ever stare at the barest pieces of concrete and metal preventing you from veering off a bridge and plummeting hundreds of feet to your watery grave below, and wondering how they test all that? Me neither, let’s be honest. But if you did, it’s exactly how you think they’d do it. By crashing big stuff into it.
The weird thing about crossing into Manhattan is that the tolls vary from entrance to entrance.
The famous 11 foot 8 bridge keeps a surveillance camera going to capture all of the unsuspecting truck drivers who crash into it. Now the camera has caught a hit-and-run in action, and the Volvo 240 at fault.
America's roads, bridges and dams are slowly crumbling on top of us, and there's no longer enough funding for routine inspection, let alone maintenance, of all this unsexy infrastructure. Enter John Oliver, who tried Sunday night to do for infrastructure repairs what he did last year for net neutrality.
In retrospect, history's march into the future looks like a smooth catenary arch towards the present. But some technologies don't make it. Sometimes, grand visions of the future only last for a few years—or maybe a few decades.
When going over these bridges, hold your breath!
The Tappan Zee Bridge is, and always has been, a bit of a disaster. Built in the wrong spot, way too old, and perched precariously along a major East Coast transportation artery, it was referred to by a governor's aide as the "hold-your-breath bridge." That's how terrible some bridges are in the United States.