Ivor O’Connor

February 1, 2009

Thwarting Disaster: Bridges That Can Withstand Anything

Filed under: Uncategorized — ioconnor @ 6:46 pm

The new I-35W span has its own nervous system, with 323 sensors. Through harsh winters and steamy summers, gauges will track the expansion and contraction of joints and supports. When temps drop below 32°F, sprayers will automatically coat the road with deicer.

AND THIS IS A GOOD THING? We have to have sensors to automate spraying of the road?! Am I the only one who thinks anything other than a passive solution will at some point fail horribly? Perhaps we can round up all these planners and architects and send them to another country to “help”?

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