Saturday, May 25, 2013

Saturday Memos

Over the past 24 hours, I feel like I'm living through Hurricane Sandy again, as the wind whips through the trees and the rain pours down. Whatever this storm is about - it's supposed to end soon. I surely hope so. I'm not a lover of heat and humidity, and this is probably all about the eclipse, but it seems surreal and just out of place for the end of May.

Collapsing bridges always speak to me of end times.

Missouri rail crash brings down US road bridge   BBC - May 25, 2013
Two goods trains have collided in the US state of Missouri, bringing down a road bridge and leaving seven people injured. The crash, in Scott County, prompted one of the trains to derail, hitting a pillar propping up Highway M, reports said.

No quick fix for downed bridge on holiday weekend   AP - May 25, 2013
Washington state officials are scrambling to find a temporary fix for a bridge that collapsed on an important interstate highway and, incredibly, left just three motorists with injuries. Whatever the solution, it won't come in time to help with Memorial Day's highway hoards. Transportation experts are also working to find out whether the spectacular disintegration of the heavily used span over the Skagit River, 60 miles north of Seattle, was a fluke or a sign of a bigger problem.

Bridge Collapses And Structurally Deficient Bridges Across The Country   Huffington Post - May 25, 2013
The collapse of the Interstate 5 Bridge over the Skagit River in Washington State on Thursday once again sounded alarms over our nation's aging infrastructure. While this incident had no fatalities, there are hundreds of other bridges in Washington with worse sufficiency scores and more than 150,000 structurally deficient or functionally obsolete bridges across the nation.