So much for that girder...
And that woman is extremely lucky to be alive. Talk about PTSD!
Marquam Bridge wreck likely caused by truck with massive beam braking for Portland traffic jam
By Joseph Rose, The Oregonian
on April 24, 2013 at 12:50 PM, updated April 24, 2013 at 1:09 PM
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Traffic investigators believe the rig coming from Harrisburg and hauling a 75,000-pound I-beam to a Milwaukie light-rail construction site overturned as it approached an afternoon traffic jam on northbound Interstate 5.
Overnight, ODOT brought in a crane and about 40 workers to cut the giant girder into four pieces
and haul them away separately. Ultimately, the bridge closure lasted 15 hours and 40 minutes, butting up against the Wednesday morning commute.
The giant girder was the fifth of six I-beams headed to the Tillamook Branch bridge project for the new light rail line on Tuesday. But on Wednesday morning, TriMet distanced itself from the traffic nightmare.
“TriMet does not take ownership of the girders until they are delivered so we don’t apply for the permits or determine the delivery route,” said TriMet spokeswoman Roberta Altstadt. “Hence, we don’t know the exact route but believe no other route has been permitted for.”
-- Joseph Rose