Northbound I 35 is going to be closed about 20 miles South of Des Moines for some time.
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Posted April 30, 2013 - 10:04 AM
Saw that once in MI.. Hope the company has good insurance. Glad no one was hurt when the excavator came off the trailer! Didn't look like to much damage to the excavator.
Posted April 30, 2013 - 10:06 AM
Wow, not very good concrete to rip open like that
Posted April 30, 2013 - 10:20 AM
Hammon: I wondered if it came off the trailer or they unloaded it to clear the debris before DOT closed the Road?
John this being a Federal Highway, I'm sure that was the best Concrete money could buy in the late 50's to Mid 60's when I 35 was being built. Of course the one thing you can count on with concrete is it will get harder over the years and eventually break. When I went to College in 1969, there was still a portion unfinished near Bethany Mo. and had to take Hwy 69 for about 7 miles before being routed back on to I35.
Posted April 30, 2013 - 10:30 AM
Concrete versus steel - no contest. It must have been an incredible impact when it hit. That may cost millions to fix if an entire new bridge has to be built!
Posted April 30, 2013 - 11:53 AM
Cat finally got back to work and crashed getting there?
Posted April 30, 2013 - 12:05 PM
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Posted April 30, 2013 - 12:23 PM
Edited by Moosetales, April 30, 2013 - 12:23 PM.
Posted April 30, 2013 - 12:32 PM
I think he hurt the paint on the excavator.
Posted April 30, 2013 - 01:32 PM
There is something wrong there. The damage to the excavator doesn't jibe with the damage to the bridge beams. It should of wrecked the boom on the Kobelco at least.
Moot if the idiot lowboy driver would of folded the boom down. He had to have the stick nearly vertical to hit like that.
I agree Cat. I was surprized to see so little damage to the excavator. The weight of the truck and load would have carried some tremendous momentum. This seems to happen all too often, I would think the drivers would carry a tape and check load height before they ever rolled a load?? I know Dispatchers check all bridge clearance before the lay out a route.
Posted April 30, 2013 - 01:37 PM
Posted April 30, 2013 - 02:09 PM
Looks like this sign was stronger than the bridge trucksign.jpg
I think that demonstrates the difference between engineering fo flex into the design VS Driving pilings 50+ feet into the ground to make a bridge impossible to move. Must have been a heck of a ride!! I saw my Brother-in-law tip over my dad's Ford 600 sideways extending the dump on a sidehill once. He never did it again.
Edited by JD DANNELS, April 30, 2013 - 02:10 PM.
Posted April 30, 2013 - 05:16 PM
The hydraulic cylinder shaft is bent real bad on the excavator. There could be a lot of damage internally as the shock load must have been enormous.
Posted April 30, 2013 - 05:30 PM
I would say that boom is toast. I'm sure other things will pop up, all the way down to the mount on the crawler!