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Wed May 12, 2021, 01:30 PM

Crack closes interstate bridge between Arkansas & Tennessee

Source: St. Louis Post-Dispatch

The Interstate 40 bridge linking Arkansas and Tennessee remained closed Wednesday after inspectors found a crack in the span, forcing thousands of trucks and cars to detour and shutting down shipping on the Mississippi River.

The bridge into Memphis was shut down Tuesday afternoon after the crack was discovered during a routine inspection.

Both states' transportation agencies said they would make sure the 48-year-old, 1.8-mile (2.9-kilometer) bridge is safe before reopening.

Read more: https://www.stltoday.com/news/national/crack-closes-interstate-bridge-between-arkansas-tennessee/article_bc3f51f4-d5c0-5b5f-900b-1161038117ea.html





Blocked onramp to the Hernando de Soto Bridge, seen from Memphis, TN, after a crack in the span forced the closure of the long under-maintained bridge, dating from 1973.

The "Pyramid," a former sports arena whose development was linked to the S&L scandal in the early 1990s, looms at right.

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Reply Crack closes interstate bridge between Arkansas & Tennessee (Original post)
peppertree May 12 OP
yaesu May 12 #1
peppertree May 12 #4
Probatim May 12 #2
peppertree May 12 #3
Imallin4Joe May 12 #5
Warpy May 12 #6
OneCrazyDiamond May 12 #7
peppertree May 12 #10
eppur_se_muova May 12 #26
howardmappel May 12 #8
peppertree May 12 #11
csziggy May 12 #15
mahatmakanejeeves May 12 #18
peppertree May 12 #21
Kid Berwyn May 12 #9
peppertree May 12 #12
Kid Berwyn May 12 #19
monkeyman1 May 12 #13
peppertree May 12 #14
monkeyman1 May 12 #17
csziggy May 12 #16
peppertree May 12 #20
Strelnikov_ May 12 #22
TomSlick May 12 #23
peppertree May 12 #24
monkeyman1 May 12 #25
keithbvadu2 May 13 #27

Response to peppertree (Original post)

Wed May 12, 2021, 01:40 PM

1. A billboard for the infrastructure bill. nt

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Response to yaesu (Reply #1)

Wed May 12, 2021, 01:53 PM

4. Or if you're a Republican, for ANOTHER tax cut for the rich

Their answer to everything.

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Response to peppertree (Original post)

Wed May 12, 2021, 01:41 PM

2. Obviously, Biden broke the bridge to prove a point...

Do I need to use the sarcasm tag?

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Response to Probatim (Reply #2)

Wed May 12, 2021, 01:52 PM

3. I can hear it now: 'Crackgate'

Right up there with Snowgate and Pizzagate.

Gotta hand it to Repugs: they have quite the imagination - but, alas, for all the wrong things.

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Response to peppertree (Original post)

Wed May 12, 2021, 02:20 PM

5. GOP will pray the crack away with tax cuts for the wealthy.

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Response to peppertree (Original post)

Wed May 12, 2021, 02:29 PM

6. It took me more than one article to find out

the crack is in one of the supporting trusses. No wonder the inspector was able to call 911 and get it shut quickly.

The I-55 bridge a mile south is so clogged with commuters and shipping, waits are at least an hour before traffic budges.

Considering how much shipping goes over I-40, this is going to leave a mark.

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Response to peppertree (Original post)

Wed May 12, 2021, 03:26 PM

7. After we get rid of places named for Confederates, we should look at Conquistadors. N/T

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Response to OneCrazyDiamond (Reply #7)

Wed May 12, 2021, 05:00 PM

10. +1

Look no further than Latin America for proof of that.

In almost any of these countries, to be descended from a Conquistador, Adelantado or Viceroy puts at the top of the totem pole from birth.

Much like having a large slaveholder in your pedigree opens doors for you in the South.

They're usually above the law and - just as problematic - often run most mass media in these countries, thus having a major say on who can govern and who can't.

Yes, many in Latin America's upper class are from 19th/20th century immigrant stock (mainly Mediterranean) - but the people with Conquistador last names still usually get the last word.

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Response to OneCrazyDiamond (Reply #7)

Wed May 12, 2021, 10:37 PM

26. I was gonna say -- "Wait, did anyone ask Native Americans about this ?" nt

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Response to peppertree (Original post)

Wed May 12, 2021, 03:49 PM

8. Nothing to see here, no need for infrastructure

Nothing to see here, all will be well, do you trust us or your lying eyes. Fucking rethuglicans.

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Response to howardmappel (Reply #8)

Wed May 12, 2021, 05:05 PM

11. +1

Even if that bridge had had THIS happen, they still wouldn't budge:

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Response to peppertree (Reply #11)

Wed May 12, 2021, 07:05 PM

15. Now THAT's a bus plunge!

For a while, I think it was back in the 1980s, there were a series of headlines about buses plunging off the sides of mountains, over cliffs, and so forth. I never understood why so many different sources used"plunge" for these accidents, but in my mind it was sort of a running sick joke.

It's still going on! From YouTube:

TOURIST BUS PLUNGES INTO THE INDIAN OCEAN

Dramatic video shows bus plunge off bridge

Bus plunges off cliff in Peru


And more. Yes, I know this is sort of sick, as I said, but the same words in headlines for over thirty years is bizarre.

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Response to csziggy (Reply #15)

Wed May 12, 2021, 07:26 PM

18. I recall that. It was in National Lampoon, if I recall correctly. NT

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Response to csziggy (Reply #15)

Wed May 12, 2021, 09:20 PM

21. Sure. Bus plunges are almost a fact of daily life in Peru and Bolivia.

Poorly-maintained, two-lane roads (if that) - and hairpin turns at high altitudes.

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Response to peppertree (Original post)

Wed May 12, 2021, 04:07 PM

9. Neil Bush: Silverado ripoff cost taxpayers $1.6 billion

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Response to Kid Berwyn (Reply #9)

Wed May 12, 2021, 05:23 PM

12. And like Trump, he too benefited from a corrupt AG:

Official (Bush AG Dick Thornburg) Sees No Crime by Bush's Son

New York Times, July 16, 1990

https://www.nytimes.com/1990/07/16/business/official-sees-no-crime-by-bush-s-son.html

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Response to peppertree (Reply #12)

Wed May 12, 2021, 07:26 PM

19. Goes back to Nixon, Prescott Bush's chum.



Sen. Prescott Bush’s son and grandson would “serve” as Presidents of the United States.



Richard Nixon's Greatest Cover-Up: His Ties to the Assassination of President Kennedy

Don Fulsom
Crime Magazine, Oct. 15, 2003 (updated March 22, 2009)

Excerpt...

As for Nixon's stated compassion for the Kennedys, let's not forget that he deeply despised them. So much so that, as president, he ordered chief White House spy E. Howard Hunt to forge diplomatic cables to make it look like President Kennedy ordered the murder of South Vietnamese leader Ngo Dinh Diem. He sent another spy, Anthony Ulasewicz, to Chappaquiddick, Mass., to investigate the 1969 crash of a car driven by Edward Kennedy that killed the senator's female companion. He placed Sen. Kennedy under a 24-hour-a-day Secret Service surveillance in an effort, in Nixon's phrase, "to catch him in the sack with one of his babes." And Nixon pressed aides to plant a false story in the press linking Sen. Kennedy to the 1972 assassination attempt against Alabama Gov. George Wallace.

Snip...

Back in the Eisenhower years, Vice President Richard Nixon and CIA agent E. Howard Hunt were principal secret planners of the Bay of Pigs invasion of Cuba that failed so miserably when it was later launched by President Kennedy. Some historians are convinced Nixon was a prime mover in an associated — and also ill-fated — plot to assassinate Fidel Castro. For example, onetime Nixon aide Roger Morris says Nixon "had been an avid supporter of the Eisenhower administration's covert operations to overthrow Castro, including the alliance with organized crime to assassinate the Cuban leader." For his part, Hunt has readily admitted his role in efforts to murder Castro.

For the "executive action" mission, potential assassins were recruited from Mafia ranks, so that if any of their activities were disclosed, organized crime could be blamed.

Nixon confidant Robert Maheu fronted for the CIA on the Mob plots. A high-end private eye (and ex-FBI undercover operative) who functioned in the shadowy realm between U.S. intelligence services and the national criminal syndicate, Maheu had performed previous "dirty tricks" for both Nixon and Giancana. Hoffa had also been a client of Maheu, who would eventually become the top aide to Mob-and CIA-connected billionaire and Nixon financial angel Howard Hughes.

Snip...

E. Howard Hunt, of course, went on to become President Nixon's chief dirty trickster and secret intelligence operative. In 1972, five Hunt-recruited former CIA men — all veterans of the Bay of Pigs invasion planning — were caught by police while burglarizing Democratic headquarters at the Watergate office building in Washington. Fearing that Hunt's role would soon be learned — and the burglary traced back to the White House —Nixon immediately set out to blackmail g an FBI investigation of the break-in. He had his chief of staff, Bob Haldeman, tell CIA Director Richard Helms that Hunt, if apprehended, might spill the beans about a major CIA secret. On one of the original Watergate tapes, the president rehearsed Haldeman on exactly what to tell the intelligence chief: "Hunt knows too damned much ... If this gets out that this is all involved ... it would make the CIA look bad, it's going to make Hunt look bad, and it's likely to blow the whole Bay of Pigs thing ... which we think would be very unfortunate for both the CIA and the country ... and for American foreign policy."

Continues...

http://www.crimemagazine.com/richard-nixons-greatest-cover-his-ties-assassination-president-kennedy



And the rich got richer. As for the rest of the nation, like Democracy, not so much.

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Response to peppertree (Original post)

Wed May 12, 2021, 06:42 PM

13. was not a crack ! whole box beam broke in 2 . slp -get it rite . saw pictures!!

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Response to monkeyman1 (Reply #13)

Wed May 12, 2021, 06:50 PM

14. Thank you. The media will often downplay these things.

While open hyping problems and/or scandals that can be used against Democrats.

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Response to peppertree (Reply #14)

Wed May 12, 2021, 07:16 PM

17. yepper ! sick of the media .

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Response to peppertree (Original post)

Wed May 12, 2021, 07:10 PM

16. Video with image of broken beam

As Monkyman1 said, it isn't a crack, it is a fractured beam. Go to 1:30 and at about 2:10 on the video to see a close-up:

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Response to csziggy (Reply #16)

Wed May 12, 2021, 09:17 PM

20. Good God.

This is straight out of a Final Destination movie.

Thank you for finding this. Please consider posting this as a stand-alone video in Video/Multimedia.

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Response to csziggy (Reply #16)

Wed May 12, 2021, 09:57 PM

22. Not even a beam, appears to be the tension member of a tied arch


It is lucky this did not result in catastrophic failure.

Also, this member is known to be problematic in this type of bridge. The 'crack' was probably there for a while (look at the apparent corrosion along the failure plane). As a tax payer, my question is how was this defect missed in past inspections.

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Response to peppertree (Original post)

Wed May 12, 2021, 10:06 PM

23. Nevertheless, the Arkansas and Tennessee Congressional delegations will vote against infrastructure.

All Representatives and Senators from Arkansas are GQP.

Rep. Steve Cohen, a Democrat, is the Representative from Memphis. All the other Representatives and Senators from Tennessee are GQP.

That makes ONE vote from Arkansas and Tennessee that will vote for an infrastructure bill.

I will be interested to see how people from eastern Arkansas and Western Tennessee respond to the inevitable votes.

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Response to TomSlick (Reply #23)

Wed May 12, 2021, 10:26 PM

24. Absolutely. They're all committed secessionists - theyd rather shoot their moms than help the nation

I'd add only that Jim Cooper, from Nashville, is the other Democrat.

But that's 9.3 million people, with only two Dem representatives (out of 13 total).

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Response to peppertree (Original post)

Wed May 12, 2021, 10:35 PM

25. it's easier just flip a damn coin !

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Response to peppertree (Original post)

Thu May 13, 2021, 12:11 AM

27. Just keep using it until it collapses. Only a couple of hundred people will die for the sake of the

Just keep using it until it collapses. Only a couple of hundred people will die for the sake of the economy.

???

GQP always has more thoughts and prayers.

Republican Lt. Gov. suggests elderly should be sacrificed to save the economy

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