Saturday, 27 February 2010

Maesdu Bridge Repair

I don't do many blogs about local issues basically because there are other bloggers who do it much better than I could ever do.

With the Chilian earthquake in the news, my thoughts are with the Chilian people, but it reminded me of something that happened in 1994.

In 1994 Los Angeles was hit by an earthquake, and the freeway (motorway) system was severely damaged.

See Pics below. Pictures taken from http://ntl.bts.gov/lib/jpodocs/repts_te/13775.html







It was a massive undertaking to repair the freeway. From the look of all the damage you would think it would take months even years to repair the freeway, but if you take a look at the video, below, you will see something quite amazing.




Yes you heard right, the contractor was given 140 days to complete the repair, but they did it in about 70 days.

So I ask the question. If they can repair all of that freeway system, which included a large bridge section, in 70 days, why is it taking Conwy council 8 months to replace a small bridge?

The Los Angeles earthquake was 16 years ago, and technology has evolved in those 16 years, so why is it taking so long?

1 comment:

Oscar said...

Enjoy your blog...

Most of us feel the same as you and what you have posted about many things, this bridge business is a good point.
Trouble is the council and co have neither the will or inclination to feel the same as us mere mortals.
Waste of space!