Saturday, 24 December 2016

11 Foot 8 Inches: The Infamous 'Can Opener' Bridge

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The 11 foot 8 inches bridge, also known as the Norfolk Southern–Gregson Street Overpass, located in Durham, North Carolina, United States, has attracted international attention because it frequently tears the roofs off of trucks as they pass under the bridge.

The bridge cannot be raised, because nearby railroad crossings would also have to be raised. Jürgen Henn, who works in a nearby office, mounted a video camera to record the crashes. Since April 2008, he has recorded over 100 crashes.

4 comment(s):

Vireya said...

There is a similar bridge in Melbourne, Australia. It is only 3.0 metres high, and is hit by vehicles all the time.

Website show how many days since something ran into the Montague St bridge (currently 64):
http://howmanydayssincemontaguestreetbridgehasbeenhit.com

Synerdata said...

Why don't they just lower the road, which would be easier than raising a bridge.

Gerard said...

The bridge cannot be lowered because there is a major sewer line running only four feet under the street.

leang heng said...

Good informative,I agree.

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