MEC407 wrote:"Probably needs a replacement..." based on what? It looks to be in better shape than most of the bridges on the Downeaster route.
I'm not saying pull the bridge and ask questions later... I'm saying find out if the bridge is suitable for movement and if not, then pull it.
It has been used in years and as I understand it was already down to a low speed when it was last used. I doubt any maintenance has gone into it since then.
If we're going to say truckers should obey the existing conditions, then why are others proposing more signage and flashing lights and other money/energy consuming ideas? The legally necessary warnings are already in place. No need to anything at all, I guess. I'm just proposing a solution to a complaint. I don't really care if they pull the bridge or not so long as it isn't a hurdle to future service.
Well. it does cost the town money to have to clean up a shredded tincan off the road and have cops direct detours every time this happens. So it's not a zero-cost deal. And some low-clearance RR bridges are really, really low and do restrict mobility around town to the point where it pinches economic activity.
This just doesn't happen to be one of them. Nearly everything EXCEPT a big rig will fit under a 12'10" road bridge. And...jeez, what are they doing there to begin with? Route 27 is 1 block west and 2 blocks around, there's 2 river bridge and 2 exits off I-95 within a mile going to either side of the bridge. And there's a big rote MUTCD-standard "12'10" sign hanging right there on the mast arm of the traffic light at Bridge St. 500 ft. away while you are staring with pitch-perfect sightlines at the bridge with its TWO standard low-clearance warning signs. I mean...how could anyone be so dumb? It's not even the most obvious north-south street route across downtown...27 is.
This is just like the infamous Medford Street bridge in Malden, MA on the Western Route and Orange Line. Shredded tractor-trailer twice a year every year, and of all the cross streets to choose it's no higher than #3 on "most intuitive street to pick to get in the direction where the truck needs to go." And yet, like flies to a bug zapper. . .