Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Bridge victim update

I wrote about the Montague Street Bridge a couple of years ago, here. It's a low rail bridge with vehicles travelling underneath. Cars fit under easily but many other vehicles do not.

In spite of this alert protection being fitted, the bridge is still occasionally hit. Photo from the Herald Sun.


A new bridge has taken over the role of decapitating vans and other vehicles, the Napier Street Bridge in Footscray. In the latest Napier Street Bridge's case, a container was dislodged from a truck.

But the dear old Monty still scores occasionally, as it did twelve days ago, according to the website How Many Days Since the Montague Street Bridge Was Hit. In this case the glazier's van turned from a minor side street and did not approach using Montague Street where the warning system is, and bang, gotcha. As far as I know, the bridge has a perfect score, never having been substantially damaged but damaging many vehicles. I remember the poor old couple who drove off the Spirit of Tasmania ferry in their brand new campervan and nearly took the top off it.


Of course the US 11'8'' Bridge in Durham, NC is still scoring, with its latest victim being a military truck with some secret equipment damaged in March, the bridge's fourth victim for this year. It's a good site because it has video of the crashes.

Even advertising companies have picked up on our Montague Street Bridge.

25 comments:

  1. Is it particularly low? Very few of our bridges get hit, though one which did had rather a lot of damage. The truck was written off, and the bridge nearly so.

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    1. EC, it is low. 3 metres or 9'10". I am sure there is good clearance because your bridges would be quite new. This one was probably built in the 1800s when there weren't any tall vehicles.

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  2. You can't beat an ad company with a sense of humour.

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    1. Marie, yes, I am impressed, even though I won't change companies.

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  3. You're ahead of me. I hadn't heard about the bridge bang in Raleigh:)

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    1. Sandra, I guess that is the same place as Durham.

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  4. I broke the antenna of my van off in a parking garage...

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    1. Mark, you didn't think about whether it would fit or not?

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  5. Another case of people believing they know better.

    I wonder if they think the bridge, like kids, grow in height as time goes by? :)

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    1. Haha Lee. I have tried to use empathy to understand how these crashes happen. I was very conscious of the height of our hired camper van a couple of years ago. But my empathy fails me and I just don't understand. If you look at the bus in my previous post, it didn't miss by just a little bit.

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  6. Often we see these on our the TV news - must be a very strong bridge if not to damage it..

    In Euroa VIC there is a very low bridge and we headed that way last year, a quick stop for us when I noticed the bridge was too low! Could have been dreadful if we were not paying attention.

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    1. Margaret, I have heard often of air conditioners being removed by bridges from the tops of campers and caravans.

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  7. All truckers should get the warning when they pick up their loads: avoid the Montague Street bridge! Even interstate truckers should be told and handed a map of Melbourne with Montague Street highlighted.

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    1. River, maps might be one reason for the strikes, electronic maps that is, sat navs. I am sure a height limit could be programmed in but I suspect interstate truck drivers just blindly follow their sat navs if they are not sure of their route. There are so many low clearance areas in Melbourne, they couldn't be warned about them all, and they need to take some responsibility for their careful driving.

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  8. hahahaha ..... love the insurance company ad.

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    1. Charlie, you may love it, but if you think it is for an insurance company, the ad has failed.

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  9. That's a good ad. Poor bridge, it was built in the good old days, so it takes a lot to bring it down, I assume.

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    1. Sami, yes, it would be strong. It was built to carry steam engines, but now only carries trams.

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  10. As I was approaching a low bridge recently, I noticed a whole load of small logs in the road. The huge wood transporting lorry that was just ahead of me must have been stacked slightly too high. It didn't bother to stop.

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    1. Cro, ah yes, the problems caused by variable heights. That does catch a few people out and is more understandable.

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  11. We have a famous (at least locally) railway bridge over a street here that is routinely hit.

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    1. Strayer, the First Avenue bridge? Yes, I am aware of it.

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  12. I am sure there will be a movie out about them .... "Attack of the Killer Bridges" LOL

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    1. Quite possible Lady J.

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  13. That brings back memories Andrew, I seem to remember you reading about a bridge victim when you guys were here in Perth, good old Monty 😀😀

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