Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Nice Bridge Rahm

Seriously, isn't there like a Department of Bridges or something that is supposed to inspect the infrastructure around town? How do you miss this?
  • Part of northbound Lake Shore Drive will remain closed through Monday’s evening commute after a bridge support beam cracked.

    The Chicago Department of Transportation discovered a crack in a steel beam that supports Lake Shore over the ramp from Randolph Street Monday morning, department officials said in a statement.

    “Crews are working to install a shoring tower as quickly as possible under the viaduct structure that carries northbound Lake Shore Drive,” CDOT said.
This beam looks like it rocked out of position, cracking who knows how many welds:

We're pretty sure that doesn't happen overnight. Who isn't inspecting infrastructure?



Anonymous Anonymous said...

Where to start, the bridges alone are unbelievable.
Release the tif funds.

2/12/2019 12:04:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Rusted out beams! Second rate metal! Luck it didn’t come down or crush the new bike fly over!

I just want out!

2/12/2019 12:14:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Who isn't inspecting infrastructure?"

Who is?

2/12/2019 12:18:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The infrastructure is collapsing but rahm is proposing $1,000 a month in city funds for every "poor" resident. At the same time, we are a "sanctuary city". That great philosophe, Baby G calls this the Detroitrification of Chicago and it is hard to argue with that.

2/12/2019 12:49:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Inspecting things like bridges would require inspectors. These might even have to possess some technical training in urban infrastructure engineering. Not merely political mush brains. The people in charge are just expecting the various parts of bridges and things to accept the status quo and keep doing what they always do. That logic works on their voting base. And the ruling class keeps getting elected to feast at the public trough.

2/12/2019 12:54:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

They will blame the cold and nothing more will be heard about it.

2/12/2019 01:04:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Rham where you gonna cover up these up until you get out office... damn how many cover ups does this make

2/12/2019 01:31:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Whatever homeless guy discovered and pointed it out ought to get a nice hot meal for a while.

2/12/2019 01:39:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Pretty crazy how bad that looked. How old is that structure? All the construction just blends together.

2/12/2019 01:48:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Fuck You very, very, much RAHM from the city you screwed up worse that shortshanks did!!! NOW THAT'S AN ACHIEVEMENT! I.M.O. for the next Chicago Mayor they need a low intelligence person who knows nothing about finance or running a city! The last 2 knew everything and look where we are now! An idiot knows if you don't have money, you don't spend money, never mind idea's of giving it away!!! But then again how many idiot alderthieves do we have?

2/12/2019 02:19:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

How much you wanna bet that steel beam was made in China ??

2/12/2019 02:26:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Little twinkle toes 9.5 is already blaming the polar vortex for breaking his bridge. Thank the good lord someone spotted this before we had a disaster.

2/12/2019 03:50:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Claffey said the agency believes the cracks were caused by a combination of corrosion and "extreme temperature swings." The bridge was built in 1986 and was last inspected in June of 2017, when it was found to be in "fair condition," Claffey said. The next inspection was scheduled for June.

Claffey said the emergency repairs will have a "major impact" on traffic Tuesday

2/12/2019 05:20:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

OT: Chicago Most Corrupt City

The Chicago metropolitan area was ranked as the most corrupt U.S. city in a new report from the University of Illinois at Chicago.

Along with Chicago, Los Angeles topped the list of the most public corruption convictions in America, based on the number of federal corruption convictions between 1976 and 2017.


2/12/2019 05:57:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Patience people. Plenty of money to fix crumbling infrastructure once everyone gets their $1000/month free income, free medicare and every building in America is retro fitted to fight climate change. Of course we are all going to be dead by 2032 so who cares

2/12/2019 06:02:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I hit that raised lip evey night on my drive home. It’s like hitting a curb. Many other cars with flat tires but police willnot generate reports for these incidents.

2/12/2019 06:11:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The city will have to hire a real contractor to fix the problem the city that doesn't work

2/12/2019 06:15:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The politically clouted inspectors should be issued and ordered to wear BWC’s
So a true documented record of their travels and inspections can be verified.
Weren’t we told how these would protect us? Well look at all of the lives that
Would be protected and saved if these hacks actually performed their jobs.

2/12/2019 06:24:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This bridge in question was checked out in 2017. Structures don't last forever!

2/12/2019 06:39:00 AM  
Blogger Mr. SouthSide said...

If that was in the northbound lanes, I would just consider that a bridge to nowhere.

2/12/2019 06:46:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Paging Vanecko Bridge Repair....

2/12/2019 07:10:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Bridge inspection? No remember the homeless guy living living in the structure and the 14 year old bridge inspector?

2/12/2019 07:29:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

And the pinhead lie-berals want us all to believe in 'Global Warming'. Thank God we have a President who sticks this bullcrap back in the faces from whence it came.

2/12/2019 07:30:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

All that rebar showing along with a cracked support beam means substandard concrete and steel. Which politically connected contractor put this in and what was the estimated length of usability in their proposal. You know some politician and their friends made a ton of money by using substandard materials.

2/12/2019 07:43:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Take a little ride on Google StreetView. All of the expansion joints along that stretch of LSD look like they could fail. They are only dealing with this one because you can see it from the bike path. If you look at the picture, you can also see exposed rebar because the connected concrete is crumbling. If you go to StreetView, you can see another joint that looked like it was failing in June of 2018. https://www.google.com/maps/@41.8866835,-87.6135278,3a,34.9y,252.92h,92.3t/data=!3m6!1e1!3m4!1sgApItSkiCzgXhQiN1WhxbQ!2e0!7i16384!8i8192!5m1!1e1?hl=en

2/12/2019 07:49:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

That issue is called a failed expansion joint, probably caused by lack of routine maintenance over the years. Lake Shore Drive is a federal/state highway so they are in charge of the maintenance.

This is just the tip of the iceberg. Just look up when stopped under a bridge, you will see rusted and bent beams on many Chicago bridges. There is a very busy railroad bridge in my neighborhood in such bad condition that without immediate maintenance will experience some type of failure. I would call the state/city/railroad but that would take the better part of a day with probably no response, if the situation becomes dire, I’ll make an emergency type call, that might get some attention.

2/12/2019 07:53:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

police HQ should be caving in any day now

2/12/2019 07:54:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Went by there yesterday. So why were there 20 police vehiclesaid being used to block traffic. One would have been enough at start of detour. But no they had at least 5 there along with tow trucks salt trucks and several other emergency vehicles. Lot of CPD manpower doing nothing there. Can only imagine the other end of detour was the same. What city run out of road closed barricades? The good news is there were probably 30-40 cross catching up on their sleep or binge watching favorite Netflix shows. Crime we don't care about any stinking crime , we got important traffic things to do.

2/12/2019 07:57:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Merit inspectors and clouted construction contractsite bring very bad results.

2/12/2019 07:59:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hard to tell from the angle of the photo but it looks like the connection between two sections is unsupported with the pedestal a few feet away from where it should be. I’m no engineer but I did play with Lincoln Logs and Erector Sets when I was a kid and learned a little about how to keep things from collapsing. I wonder if there were any legitimate engineers involved in that project or just somebody who somebody knew (the real Chicago Way).

2/12/2019 08:05:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It’s the “Chicago Way” of inspecting. They seen it standing on a WGN morning news shot so it’s all good.

2/12/2019 08:12:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I’m no engineer, but I have driven under enough bridges, overpasses and such, to know, that when you have two sections meeting, you usually have the support system under where the sections can both be supported. It looks like an oops, my bad, for the support placement from years ago. No one wants to call out a clouted, campaign contributing, contractor. Another fine mess!

2/12/2019 08:17:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Isn’t the bridge close to where Smollet was mugged? Maybe the bad guys poured the rest of that corrosive liquid on the bridge?

2/12/2019 08:23:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Is this another Walsh Construction job?

Infrastructure is a zero-priority to City Hall. Ditto for the tram that served Terminal 5 at O'Hare Airport, now shut-down for two years for "servicing", forcing international arrivals to be trucked in a dirty bus, standing-room only, to Terminals and CTA Station. Road this bus last week, arriving from Tokyo, what a disgrace. The shock, the extreme difference in experience and conditions between Narita Airport and O'Hare, you'd think Chicago was a 3rd-world city located in a bankrupt and corrupt 3rd-world country. Oh, but Cook County and Chicago are "3rd-world" in outlook and condition, my mistake to expect more.

2/12/2019 08:25:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Just heard the city's spokesman say - on wlsam - they inspect every 2 years, last time was June 2017 (next was due June 2019)and the bridge was rated fair. Yes fair.

2/12/2019 08:55:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

RahmBo A failed Mayor Violent and Crumbling City

Vote for him for Senate

2/12/2019 09:00:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Pour some JBWeld on, slap on some paint, let the next administration deal with it.

2/12/2019 09:12:00 AM  
Anonymous Old Retired White Shirt said...

What about the concrete deteriorating on the support beam under the bridge and at the light pole.

2/12/2019 09:21:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Who isn't inspecting infrastructure?" Hey, they found it eventually.

2/12/2019 09:23:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Some Flex Seal and Gorilla tape outta fix it......All for about $40 but charge the city, Ohhhhhh....Maybe a couple two, treee Million.....

2/12/2019 09:30:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

17 year old bridge inspector inspected that bridge 2 years ago. Nothing to see here move along

2/12/2019 09:34:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I located this connection on Google maps - the image indicates the photo was taken in June of 2018 and it was clearly starting to droop last year. This is an easily view steel member not hidden in the labyrinth of steel under the bridge https://www.google.com/maps/@41.8866835,-87.6135278,3a,15y,256.69h,100.22t/data=!3m6!1e1!3m4!1sgApItSkiCzgXhQiN1WhxbQ!2e0!7i16384!8i8192?hl=en

2/12/2019 09:35:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Can you paint that light pole while your there? Looks bad.

2/12/2019 09:40:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Did Rahm lay off inspectors?
Also, did Rahm lay off elevator inspectors?
Remember the elevator in the Hancock Building that plunged 84 stories a few months ago. This city is really going down the crapper.

2/12/2019 09:44:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Rahm's a STROKE !!!!!!

2/12/2019 09:56:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I guess the Minneapolis bridge collapse is long forgotten !

2/12/2019 11:10:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Those NY Post reporters spotted this when they found the hot sauce bottle

2/12/2019 11:37:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

To bad Daley’s nephew wasn’t inspecting bridges

2/12/2019 11:38:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

That tiny orange cone should do the trick, when you're done with it give it back to the twerp so he has something to wear at parties...

2/12/2019 11:52:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

As anyone looked at the supports for the Augusta off ramp over the Express lanes? It looks like 2 of the 14 anchors are holding the feet in. They have shifted and pulled out at a 15-20% angle.

2/12/2019 12:21:00 PM  
Blogger stash the polski guy said...

shoring still under the ryan after total re decking?

shoring still holding up orange line near state?

more shoring will be needed if the feds decide to frog walk all the crooked dems at once.

the rumblings might wake up the new madrid fault.

2/12/2019 12:23:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

All those $millions for a now overbudget, behind schedule new flyover bike path a mile or two north, hmmmm.
And just lately DOT was out and about and found something more pressing?
Is that an overpass of the Infamous Lower Wacker Gardens Flats?

The gods must be crazy.
Did a bottle of hot sauce fall from the sky and clonk someone from the DOT on the head that made them look up?

2/12/2019 01:37:00 PM  
Blogger Hydra said...

That's nothing, look at all the "El" vertical supports and the only thing holding them together is the 28 coats of paint. Fucking city inspector political hacks that know nothing about structural engineering, should all be in jail.

2/12/2019 03:06:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The concrete has been crumbling from this bridge for the last several years into the Dusable harbor parking lot and several cars have been damaged. the city knew of this and didn't really seem too concerned. Watch Rahm cry to Trump now that he needs federal assistance but seeing we are a sanctuary city I hope he gets it stuck in his ass which will mean the taxpayer gets it stuck in his ass !

2/12/2019 04:10:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

If you look at the corrosion pattern around the break, it looks like this was happening for a lot longer than a year and a half. If you believe that bridge was actually “inspected” (as opposed to two city workers in yellow vests looking at it and saying “Yep, it’s still here.”), then I have a bridge I’d like to sell you.

2/12/2019 04:49:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Isn’t the seam supposed to be on the beam? Construction 101. That’s the way I learned. We figure that out from the Egyptians. Dummies!

2/12/2019 05:03:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Lil Gorilla Glue or Flex Seal. All good for the next 100 years.lol

2/12/2019 05:09:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Maybe Rosie O'Donnell and Jabba walked across it in the 20 below zero weather? Naked!!! AAAAAHHHHHH
What is seen cannot be unseen....

2/12/2019 06:10:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

To paraphrase the 4 star in charge of the Navy who today mentioned that 280 out of 282 ships didn't hit anything last year.....so.......1000 bridges dint have problems but one did....all good.

2/12/2019 08:28:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Is this the bridge everyone is trying to sell? Ok I'll take it

2/12/2019 09:31:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

And the Coliseum and aqueducts of Rome look better and they’re 2000 yrs old

2/12/2019 11:07:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

In the Google street view taken last June it looks like the crack was already starting: https://goo.gl/maps/rLhhtgP2Ukp

2/12/2019 11:35:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anonymous said...
I located this connection on Google maps - the image indicates the photo was taken in June of 2018 and it was clearly starting to droop last year. This is an easily view steel member not hidden in the labyrinth of steel under the bridge https://www.google.com/maps/@41.8866835,-87.6135278,3a,15y,256.69h,100.22t/data=!3m6!1e1!3m4!1sgApItSkiCzgXhQiN1WhxbQ!2e0!7i16384!8i8192?hl=en

2/12/2019 09:35:00 AM

And if you check the opposite side of the roadway, that is ready to go. Maybe a routine painting program would have stopped some of the rust.....sorry, I got carried away.....just throw some asphalt onto the roadway and even up the pavement, for now, you know, the Chicago way......

2/13/2019 12:48:00 AM  
Anonymous Criswell said...

Criswell predicts...a terrible disaster in 2019 or 2020. A large bridge or road support structure will collapse causing deaths and serious injury. Improper maintenance and an insufficient inspection operation will be deemed the cause. Numerous lawsuits will be filed and all will be settled. The damage will be in the untold millions.

I know all of you mouth breathing Millennial's are asking "Who's Criswell?" Google it kids!

2/13/2019 11:39:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The google streeview image shows it certainly was already damaged by rust. But the design could have been stronger with a little more steel. The L bracket doesn't go back far enough. It should have gone back all the way to vertical stiffener over the concrete support. Also a few drilled holes would have allowed the salty water to drain better preventing the corrosion.

I understand why the expansion joint is located off the concrete support but there are ways to have supported the beam that cracked from below as well. Although unlike the couple of bucks it would have cost to bring the L section further back it would have cost real money to do so.

2/13/2019 02:24:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Reminds me of the Simpson's Monorail episode !

2/13/2019 03:52:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"The City that Works"!!!- are you fucking kidding me?????? Most likely, this- and many other- critical infrastructure points have not been inspected since inception. Much more likely, if somethiong is found, it's just given a coat of paint to "fix" it. Hey- just look at Chicago's roadway surfaces. Same deal folks! "Cover it up, as minimally as possible"- a better motto for our great City!

2/13/2019 09:32:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

that bridge was ok when it was built. it wasnt what everyone is saying here, we werent third world yet in 86. constant temp changes every day, visible moisture every day and the biggie, millions of tons of salt just eat away the metal like ships at sea. 100 million dollar ocean ships only have a 20 year life span due to salt water and salt air. these things need maintenance yearly. but since we are run by corrupt democrats maint doesnt make headlines or generate nearly as much campaign kickbacks as new construction. no ribbon cuttings, no press releases, no 100 million checks to walsh or kenny. nope just a crew and a couple trucks and some torches, no vote magnets here. they are constantly building with no mechanism to pay for maint. go park a new mercedes under that bridge and come back in thirty five years and see what the metal looks like. simple neglect and political malfeasance. and your suprised why?

2/14/2019 12:38:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The politicans want to increase the gas tax to fix the roads and bridges. There already is a19 cent tax per gallon to fix roads and bridges. What have they been doing with the money that's been collected for the last fifty years?

2/14/2019 06:15:00 PM  

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