Adjusting to the Collapsed Highway April 29, 2007Posted by Stephanie in transportation.
The devastating pictures from The New York Times of Oakland, California immediately caught my attention today.
“A fiery pre-dawn tanker truck accident caused the collapse of a heavily trafficked freeway overpass near downtown today, sending hundreds of feet of concrete crashing onto a highway below and hobbling a vital Bay Area interchange.”
Luckily no one was killed when the track carrying 8,600 gallons of gasoline crashed. However the results of the intense fire cause catastrophic damage to the highways. Most likely it was the extreme heat from the fire which melted the steel girders and bolts that support the concrete roadway which lead to the destruction of the road system.
“On an average day, the two spans that were destroyed this morning carry 160,000 vehicles.”
We all complain as Route 80 in our neck of the woods is insistently under construction. This however is planned construction and in comparison a far more manageable situation. It will be interesting to see how the city reacts to the situation once the weekdays with rush hour traffic and busy work life resumes tomorrow. With such an unforeseeable situation it will be interesting to follow how the repairs will be made considering budgets, the need to be time efficient and yet ensuring the safety of workers and eventually drivers.
I would not be envious of handling this situation of project management. The stress, pressure and watchful eyes of city planners, safety regulators, Californians and other stakeholders are sure to demand a quick yet safe solution.
Would you be interested in construction/project management? It seems as though there are very clear tasks and goals. But the unexpected challenges that arise with uncontrollable factors such as weather may be too stressful.
How do you think the city will adjust to the situation? What other problems do you see stemming from accident?