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Undefeated - The Toughest Bridge in the World

Postby oneh2obabe » Nov 5th, 2012, 5:44 pm

The Durham train trestle has stood its ground for the last 100 years. This fact doesn't deter some drivers from challenging the bridge about once a month. All of them fail.

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Re: Undefeated - The Toughest Bridge in the World

Postby Bsuds » Nov 5th, 2012, 6:13 pm

Amazing how many drivers don't know the height of their vehicles!

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Re: Undefeated - The Toughest Bridge in the World

Postby grammafreddy » Nov 5th, 2012, 6:34 pm

LOL -that was funny!

Anyone remember the old concrete double road tunnels under the train tracks at the east end of Greenwood? Not only were they low, they were narrow, too. Quite a few trucks and overheight vehicles/loads challenged those cement tunnels and lost.

MOTH blasted them to get rid of them to build a new highway, but then they discovered an old, old tunnel buried in the eastern approach for these twin tunnels. MOTH was gonna get rid of that old tunnel, too, but there was a public uproar so they kept it and unearthed the whole thing.

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Re: Undefeated - The Toughest Bridge in the World

Postby Captain Awesome » Nov 5th, 2012, 6:49 pm

And the most tragic thing about it:

Will insurance cover the damages?

Most truck rental insurance policies specifically exclude overhead damage from coverage..
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Re: Undefeated - The Toughest Bridge in the World

Postby Graphite » Nov 10th, 2012, 9:56 pm

grammafreddy wrote:LOL -that was funny!

Anyone remember the old concrete double road tunnels under the train tracks at the east end of Greenwood? Not only were they low, they were narrow, too. Quite a few trucks and overheight vehicles/loads challenged those cement tunnels and lost.

MOTH blasted them to get rid of them to build a new highway, but then they discovered an old, old tunnel buried in the eastern approach for these twin tunnels. MOTH was gonna get rid of that old tunnel, too, but there was a public uproar so they kept it and unearthed the whole thing.

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That place is fantastic. I love going there
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Re: Undefeated - The Toughest Bridge in the World

Postby grammafreddy » Nov 10th, 2012, 9:58 pm

Graphite wrote:
That place is fantastic. I love going there


Do you remember the old tunnels on the highway you had to drive through?
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Re: Undefeated - The Toughest Bridge in the World

Postby Glacier » Nov 10th, 2012, 11:37 pm

^ And all these years of driving past that tunnel, I had thought it was an old train tunnel. I learn something new everyday!
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Re: Undefeated - The Toughest Bridge in the World

Postby grammafreddy » Nov 10th, 2012, 11:51 pm

Glacier wrote:^ And all these years of driving past that tunnel, I had thought it was an old train tunnel. I learn something new everyday!


That one is an old train tunnel. When they built the road from Greenwood to Grand Forks many, many years ago, they buried that tunnel and built a new railway grade over top of it and over the new road which had two tunnels built into it for vehicles to go through under the new rail grade.

In the late 1980's or early 1990's, because so many vehicles were having issues with the twin tunnels and because the railway didn't run there any more, MOTH decided to get rid of the twin vehicle tunnels and use the rail grade as part of the Trans Canada Trail. When they blasted out the twin tunnels and were doing the trail approach work, they discovered this buried train tunnel. They were going to destroy it but finally people convinced them to leave it and they did. They did a bit of a realignment of their plans and this tunnel sits off to the side of the new highway. Then the mayor of Greenwood, Arno Hennig, decided to paint the flags of the world on it. Personally, I think his flag graffiti looks cheap and ugly, but that's just my opinion. Others think it is wonderful.
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