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Bridge collapse

The collapse of the suspension bridge at Mirepoix en Tarn and the tragic loss of life highlights yet again the potentially dangerous state of many bridges and viaducts in France - the number is put at 25000

Since the awful collapse in Genoa the French have rushed to check them, yet, no emergency plan seems to have been put into action to make safe or demolish and rebuild or whatever.

The one at Morepoix was tested a couple of years ago, but clearly something was missed.

One problem with the smaller bridges seems to be that their use is abused by overweight or too many vehicles which weakens them over time, leading to collapse. Particularly at this time of year when huge trucks full of harvested stuff are blocking the roads and using bridges which were not designed to take their frequent presence.

Those of us who use the coastal motorway to Calais will be aware that the two viaducts around the péage are reduced to one lane and that work is slowly going on the repair them. Apparently when first inspected just after Genoa they were in a desperate state and almost closed completely.


Ticking over, just about.
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Re: Bridge collapse

Hope this link comes out, copy and paste:
https://www.ladepeche.fr/2019/11/18/un-pont-suspendu-seffondre-dans-la-riviere-au-nord-de-toulouse,8547999.php
It's very worrying.
The Tyne Bridge here needs maintenance work,  but it's not a suspension bridge. Increasing volumes of heavy traffic.

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As is pointed out in that article there were lorries over the 19 ton weight limit often using the bridge and no one stopped them. It seems, from press reports, the lorry on the bridge was over 40 tons.

They need to do something to stop this misuse.
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The driver of the truck lived in the commune on the other side of the bridge and was probably trying to avoid the detour of 10 kms to a bridge capable of taking his truck. Tragic.
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The préfecture has just given a press conference in which it was estimated that the truck may have weighed as much as 50 tons!
It seems to have been loaded with something like hay or straw bales.
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This bridge near to us has a 6 ton limit.

I have several times seen a large articulated vehicle belonging to a local builders' merchant squeezing across it with a good load. It probably weighs more than 6 tons unloaded, as it has a Hiab type crane mounted permanently on it.

One day I'll catch it when I'm in the car with the dashcam.


On the other side of the bridge from this picture, there is a deepening hollow in the road, caused by heavy vehicles coming off the bridge onto the road again. If it gets much deeper cars will begin to bottom out as they go over it.

A new sign "Affaisement" has recently appeared just before the hollow.

That's that fixed, thenWoot! [:-))]

On some great and glorious day the plain folks of the land will reach their heart's desire at last, and the White House will be adorned by a downright moron.

H. L. Mencken 1880 - 1956

Some may not like his views, but what a prediction!
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"The one at Morepoix was tested a couple of years ago, but clearly something was missed."

Yes, what was missed is the the impossibility of any system to combat the inherent stupidity of people who live by the code that "that is the rule but it does not affect me" which at the moment seems to be an increasing percentage of the population in any country.

Drive a 45 tonne lorry over a bridge clearly marked 19 tonnes, what could possibly go wrong!
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Totally agree lehaut - it was not the fault of the bridge or the authorities. It was clearly the fault of the driver.
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