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post #1 of 4 Old May 24th, 2013, 10:49 am Thread Starter
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Are we OK Wash. State

Seems we are losing real estate.
Another mishap involving roads we all travel. I-5 in Washington state near Mount Vernon took a splash in the Skagit river. No motorcycles were present at the time but What IF . . . .
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Thankfully, just a few minor injuries. It certainly could have been much worse. Structural engineers categorize the bridge as "fracture critical", which means there is a high probability of total collapse if one structural member is damaged. Fortunately, they lost one section of the bridge and that was all. However, now begins the process of determining whether the entire span needs replacement or if the one section can be repaired. Either way, it's going to be a huge challenge getting to the northwest corner of WA state and up to BC. I-5 just became an interstate highway with stop signs.

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Fortunately that bridge wasn't too high or the outcome could have been devastating. Think I will search for the status/health of major bridges before my next trip. At least in a cage you've got air bags to break your fall, no such luck on two wheels.

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Fortunately that bridge wasn't too high or the outcome could have been devastating. Think I will search for the status/health of major bridges before my next trip. At least in a cage you've got air bags to break your fall, no such luck on two wheels.

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I thought about that one too.
But it is a Dam if you do and Dam if you don't situation. Our focus in touring is going out and having an adventurous time. Not worrying about the travails that lay ahead of us. Yes we observe the immediate road ahead but not all roads in a different state.
In the past 3 perhaps 4 years a rock slide on I-40 TN have impeded my trip to NC. Same with my first visit to the Dragon on the LT 2010. Both instances I was aware of before leaving home. 2011 returning from BRP the bridge over the Ohio river on I-65 was closed to repair but did not know (been camping) it must have just happened cause I had to follow trucks like sheep before finding a way across no clear detour signs. Then behind me last year I had already made it back from the Parkway and camping and those two road slides we all know about on 129. Preview 89 in Page AZ, Slide in Whidbey Is. WA. both this year
After all I am not a member of the Army Corp of Engineers an can only feel safe on their say-so. Imagine how many cars, trucks and even motorcycles had used I-5 up until the moment of the collapse.
We deserve better and safer roads than this. I will stop now before it turns to a rant
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