This happened today in the beautiful city of Montreal:
It is a 15m concrete "block" that fell on a highway tunnel entrance.
I take this tunnel everyday when I go to work. 100 000 cars pass through that tunnel on weekdays. Nobody was injured today.
I am freaking out on 2 levels.
1- Will I die next time I take the tunnel?
2- How long will the traffic jams be and for how many years?
Yes, years, because one of Montreal's shitty side is our infrastructures. The situation is really bad.
- Emergency closure of the Honoré Mercier Bridge in June. Major structural dammage. It could be reopened in September.
- The Champlain bridge was evaluated recently. From wiki:
In 2010, JCCBI — the Federal agency that oversees the structure — retained international engineering firm Delcan to carry out an expert study of the bridge's structural health. The firm returned a carefully-worded report entitled, "The Future of the Champlain Bridge Crossing". In the Executive Summary, the bridge was said to be "functionally deficient" for both current and long-term traffic demands, and showing "significant deterioration". One finding suggested that the Champlain Bridge is in "very much poorer condition than would be typical" for comparable bridges. Delcan concluded that the bridge had "many deficiencies" and, even in light of the methodical inspection and rehabilitation of the structure undertaken by its owners, that continued operation "entails some risks that cannot altogether be quantified".
A new bridge or tunnel must be build soon.
Both of those bridge lead to this monstrosity: the Turcot Interchange
That thing has to be rebuilt (that will take more than 10 years) because it is also falling apart. It is always partly closed to do emergency repairs. This is all patch up work on the existing structure, not the actual construction of the new interchange. There are nets to prevent parts of it from falling.
Click on Montreal on this map, each little orange cone is a road work site.
What is your city shitty side?