Monday, April 20, 2009

Disappearing-highway video highlights mistakes of highway planners who underestimate the power of stormwater runoff into streams

video

6 comments:

Austin said...

Sweeeet! I'm now an official contributor to Aubunique rather than a member of the peanut gallery! Can I put this on my resume?

aubunique said...

Can't hurt.

Anonymous said...

Austin, did you design the road in that bridge? Is that why aub posted that video to help build your engineering resume?

Anonymous said...

If you watch the whole video you'll see that the road itself was designed as a low-water bridge with only a culvert under it instead of an actual bridge. I doubt any engineer will step up and claim a part in that project.

Austin said...

I actually sent it to Aubrey to show him what was going to happen to the culvert in Town Branch that we tried to remove but met opposition. FYI, the road is in Maine, it's not a low water bridge (although it is acting that way since the culvert capacity was obviously exceeded), and I suspect there was a maintenance problem with the inlet prior to the storm (but that's just speculation on my part).

aubunique said...

Many stream crossings on roads in Northwest Arkansas have turned out to be low-water bridges because the culvert capacity is exceeded more often these days.
Thanks for telling us where it is from. Similar things could occur in evert state in the eastern half of the country.