Your City's Shitty Side -
LinkBack Thread Tools
post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 07-31-2011, 07:45 PM Thread Starter
Join Date: May 2008
Posts: 10,825
Your City's Shitty Side

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".[10] 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?
BigJohn is offline  
Sponsored Links
post #2 of 7 (permalink) Old 08-01-2011, 12:32 AM
Registered User
Join Date: Jun 2005
Posts: 14,411
Re: Your City's Shitty Side

Kotti takes the cake.
Ivanatis is offline  
post #3 of 7 (permalink) Old 08-01-2011, 01:07 AM
Registered User
straitup's Avatar
Join Date: Jun 2009
Age: 24
Posts: 8,877
Re: Your City's Shitty Side

Originally Posted by Ivanatis View Post
Kotti takes the cake.
From the picture: "Kottbusser Tor, Berlin. Want Heroin?"
straitup is offline  
post #4 of 7 (permalink) Old 08-01-2011, 07:46 AM
Registered Fed fan
Kat_YYZ's Avatar
Join Date: Oct 2010
Location: Toronto
Posts: 13,937
Re: Your City's Shitty Side

sucks about the route Ville-Marie, BigJohn. I like Montreal, lovely city.
I guess we have that threat in Toronto with the Gardiner Expressway over Lake Shore Blvd. I've heard of some bad ones in the U.S., too.

Roger Federer * Greatest Of All Time
Kat_YYZ is offline  
post #5 of 7 (permalink) Old 08-01-2011, 12:17 PM
buddyholly's Avatar
Join Date: Feb 2004
Location: LUBBOCK TX
Posts: 14,944
Re: Your City's Shitty Side

Originally Posted by Kat_YYZ View Post
I guess we have that threat in Toronto with the Gardiner Expressway over Lake Shore Blvd. I've heard of some bad ones in the U.S., too.
I walk under it every day and have often wondered how it stays up.

buddyholly is offline  
post #6 of 7 (permalink) Old 08-01-2011, 05:31 PM Thread Starter
Join Date: May 2008
Posts: 10,825
Re: Your City's Shitty Side

These types of structures are designed to last about 40 years, that would be about now.

Plus it appears that the 40 years estimate did not take into consideration the salt that is used during winter time to melt snow and ice on the roads. We use quite a bit of that. The salt accelerates the corrosion of the steel inside the concrete, shortening the lifespan of the structures. Also some liberties were taken by engineers and firms who built these structures like the shape of the steel rods inside the concrete.

5 years ago, an overpass collapsed on a highway in Laval for these reasons, killing 5 people.
BigJohn is offline  
post #7 of 7 (permalink) Old 08-01-2011, 06:01 PM
Registered User
wildemu's Avatar
Join Date: Aug 2006
Age: 30
Posts: 7,614
Re: Your City's Shitty Side

I do understand your phobia of bridges and tunnels, I have it as well parlayed with heights. I went to the University of Minnesota for undergrad, so the Mississippi river bridge was used by me a lot because the campuses were everywhere. I graduated in july '07 because i was behind a course, and the bridge collapsed literally 2-3 weeks later. I already left for NJ by the time, but I have a deep pit in my stomach now every time i pass the george washington bridge or lincoln tunnel (especially that).

As for the shitty side of NJ, behold elizabeth. The famous seaport that literally makes that part of nj smell like shit. I live north of it by 40 minutes.

wildemu is offline  

Quick Reply

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.

User Name:
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:


Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.

Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page

Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome