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  •  They better fix it soon (5+ / 0-)

    The Republican Party is having a small get together there next summer.

    •  no way (9+ / 0-)

      It'll take a couple of years to build a replacement.  That's an ENORMOUS bridge (8 lanes, and honestly they should take the opportunity and add a couple more), about 100 feet above a large river that sees significant boat and barge traffic.

      No, they'll just have to settle for some sort of ritual praise of the victims.  It'll be icky.

      Ever feel like you've been cheated?
      -Johnny Rotten

      by Leggy Starlitz on Wed Aug 01, 2007 at 11:49:46 PM PDT

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      •  add to that a short building season.. (2+ / 0-)
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        Builderman, Webster

        ...due to inclement weather.

        It will take a long time, and lots of money, to replace the bridge.

        We Glory in war, in the shedding of human blood. What fools we are.

        by delver rootnose on Thu Aug 02, 2007 at 12:04:20 AM PDT

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      •  Maybe. I'm not sure of what exactly needs to (3+ / 0-)
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        be done.  But did you see this?

        Repairing MacArthur Maze could take months

        Monday, April 30, 2007
        11:08 PDT OAKLAND -- The chief engineer in charge of reconstructing the mangled ramps connecting Interstate 80 to two major East Bay freeways said this morning that it could take six weeks to several months to get the steel necessary to complete the job.

        A connector to Interstate 580 collapsed onto the southbound Interstate 880 connector after a crash early Sunday morning in which a tanker truck carrying 8,600 gallons of gasoline crashed on the highway below and burst into flames. Steel holding up the section of I-580 started to melt, causing pavement to pull away from support beams.

        How MacArthur Maze crew beat the clock
        Article Launched: 05/24/2007 02:22:59 AM PDT
        Sometime this evening, work crews atop the MacArthur Maze will test the new concrete one last time, make sure the painted stripes are dry, haul away the "Ker Plunk" portable toilets, plywood scraps and empty Gatorade bottles, and walk away from their masterpiece - 6 million dollars' worth of emergency surgery for the Bay Area's highway system.

        Friday morning at 5 a.m., 26 days after a gas tanker-truck crashed and exploded, collapsing 165 feet of the Interstate 80-580 connecting ramp, "live traffic," as Caltrans likes to call motorists, will flow again.

        In a era of highway construction marked by tight budgets, political squabbling, and seemingly unending projects, this silken collaboration between Caltrans and contractor C.C. Myers should please the thousands of drivers whose daily commutes were thrown into disarray the past four weeks.

        That aside, I'm guessing there's not a lot of winter work there.

      •  Completely new bridge (1+ / 0-)
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        designed from scratch, how long will just the engineering phase take?

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