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Meghan wrote:I can elaborate! If a fire damages any part of the structure, or is near enough to possibly cause damage (a la harlem river bridge) they will not let trains over it till it is inspected. this would be a disaster for people that rely on that route & have few or no other options, its not like we can suddenly make room for 5000 carpooling cars somewhere in NJ, and dont get me started on PATH when there's an issue in/out of NYP. Then, if there is damage found, even if trains are allowed back on, there will be speed restrictions and trains per hour restrictions, and since they still open the span, it may take longer to do that if its still able to. This thing is apparently being held together by the collective hopes that it wont fail till funds are solidified to replace it, and not much else.25Hz wrote:Just a matter of time before it happens again resulting in further usage restrictions. Replacement cannot come fast enough!Could you elaborate a little bit, please?
What does replacement have to do with being shut down briefly because of a brush fire alongside? If there are fire apparatus working along side the track there are going to be delays and the new bridge will not change that.
Meghan wrote:Thank you. I'm am very familiar with the operating and safety rules. Brush fires in the Meadowlands are a regular occurrence and this one was near enough to the track (think track - not Portal Bridge per se) to require either Fire Department use of the access road or for the smoke to create a visibility issue. The bridge is a landmark. Other than being in the immediate neighborhood, the fire had nothing to do with the bridge. Now let me rephrase the question. How will a new bridge eliminate the need for a temporary speed restriction when there are fire apparatus operating nearby or a heavy smoke condition?The new bridges will be higher, and the access roads will not be akin to a sidewalk next to a busy street.