Born to Ride.
- Oct 17, 2015
Pedestrian walkways can be welded on at a later date without interrupting traffic flow. Vehicle traffic is the political priority. My concern would be the overloaded trucks continuing to cross with impunity and the flexing steel spans. The built in curvature is going to be under a lot of long term stress. Someone posted the previous steel bridge lasted decades before failing due to overloading and lack of maintenance. I’m not an engineer and I’m guessing the steel spans have a useful life shorter than the abutments. We know preventative maintenance in the DR is an elusive thing. At some point will the spans stress crack and fail?9 days to finish the steel, pour the deck and backfill the abutments on each side just wide enough so the President can walk across and back is possible, but not to be open for traffic.
If that is to be 4 lanes there won't be a walkway on the bridge nor guard barriers, but I won't complain for 2 lanes.
But for sure some Dominican rude driver (is that redundant) will try to pass and squeeze in no matter how many lanes they make.