How many times have you driven across a bridge and thought, “What are the chances that this just collapsed under me?” And then you gave yourself a shake and then thought, “Nah! It’s probably structurally sound!” Well, maybe. Maaaaybe.
Shh! Do you hear that? Feel it? Whispers in the night, a chill in the air. Must be the spirits that haunt Ghost Bridge in Arapahoe County, Colorado.
Let us just momentarily revel in the New Yorkishness of this sweet video clip, wherein a couple of construction workers watch the Blue Angels do a flyby over the George Washington Bridge, linking New York and New Jersey over the Hudson. “Look at that shit, huh?” one guy eloquently admires.
Among New York City’s many famous landmarks, the Brooklyn Bridge remains a tourist favorite for its beauty and walkability. Also it’s super dangerous because you could get nailed by a speeding bicyclist at any given moment. Fun!
This weekend finally saw a moment of harmony between Mustang and Camaro drivers, when two ‘Stangs and a ‘Maro shut down traffic on San Francisco’s Bay Bridge to do donuts. They were almost immediately snitched on and arrested.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Golden Gate Bridge just got the new median it so desperately needed to prevent head-on collisions, but one neat feature about it is that it moves. Well, not on its own. It needs a truck to do that, and specifically, it needs what's known as a "zipper truck." And it's called that because it makes the median…