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CBC News
#1
A Montreal parking garage that collapsed killing one person yesterday was built in the late 60s or 70s, and was of the same vintage as a Laval overpass that collapsed two years ago. Some critics point to this as a sign of sign of our crumbling infrastructure, much of which was built during the 1960s and 70s, and may be reaching replacement age.

How safe do you feel when it comes to driving over bridges, under overpasses and using Canada's infrastructure, in general?



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Walter
#2
Points to shoddy workmanship and the Mafioso skimming profits from the construction industry.
 
scratch
#3
Quote: Originally Posted by CBC News View Post

A Montreal parking garage that collapsed killing one person yesterday was built in the late 60s or 70s, and was of the same vintage as a Laval overpass that collapsed two years ago. Some critics point to this as a sign of sign of our crumbling infrastructure, much of which was built during the 1960s and 70s, and may be reaching replacement age.

How safe do you feel when it comes to driving over bridges, under overpasses and using Canada's infrastructure, in general?



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Montreal and surrounding areas are notorious for by inferior materials. Put more loot in da boot!
 
talloola
#4
I never gave it any thought, till now.
 
scratch
#5
At the same time that Mtl went on the cheap so did BC.
 
JLM
#6
About as safe as I feel when I'm driving under the sky. I suppose there is always going to be imperfections in infrastructure, but you may as well worry about a meteor flying into you. More people come to a bad end through their own stupidity than from freak incidents. If you are going to worry, worry about performing the task at hand properly.
 
Risus
#7
I feel fine. Its a roll of the dice. When your time comes, it comes.
 
scratch
#8
Miss the point of the question, again?
 
mt_pockets1000
#9
While working in Ottawa, I had a chance to work with a structural engineer from Montreal who was hired to investigate the bridge collapse two years ago. I'm not sure if his findings were ever published but he found some serious engineering flaws in the bridge design.

Part of the problem with our infrastructure is shoddy workmanship, part is old age and part is poor planning from the get go. Sometimes our systems of checks and balances is sorely lacking. There's a reason why quality assurance is part of engineering and I think it was overlooked in the case of the Montreal bridge.
 
scratch
#10
You can bet your button avatar on that!
 
Risus
#11
Quote: Originally Posted by scratch View Post

Miss the point of the question, again?

Get out of the wrong side of your bed this morning???? Of course I understand the question, and YES I FEEL SAFE DRIVING OVER BRIDGES, UNDER UNDERPASSES AND USING PARKING GARAGES. All I added was when your time comes it comes, nothing you can do about it anyway. What don't you understand?????????????????????????????
 
scratch
#12
I understand. You do not.
 
Nuggler
#13
<<<<<< When that lil smily dork gets sucked down thru thet there lil hole, his time is up.

Likewise, sayeth Nuggler, when YER time is up, it's up. Ain't nothin ya ken do about it neither.

Not sayin you couldn't be trapped in a car under a bridge, all squished up, in mortifying pain.........."until" your time is up...that ther could happen two. Life's a crap shoot. NO?

Or you could be.........what was the question?

 
Nuggler
#14
Oh, ya........Just remembered. Yep, feel safe as in the arms of Jeebus.
 
Risus
#15
Quote: Originally Posted by Nuggler View Post

<<<<<< When that lil smily dork gets sucked down thru thet there lil hole, his time is up.

Likewise, sayeth Nuggler, when YER time is up, it's up. Ain't nothin ya ken do about it neither.

Not sayin you couldn't be trapped in a car under a bridge, all squished up, in mortifying pain.........."until" your time is up...that ther could happen two. Life's a crap shoot. NO?

Or you could be.........what was the question?

How about taking a long hike of a short pier, numbnuts.
 
scratch
#16
Risus,

Where you raised in a barn?

scratch
 
Scott Free
#17
Quote: Originally Posted by CBC News View Post


How safe do you feel when it comes to driving over bridges, under overpasses and using Canada's infrastructure, in general?

I'm absolutely terrified!!!

The government should provide someone to hold my hand when I have to drive through scary places.

I mean parking garages collapse so often in Canada it's insane they haven't been outlawed yet!!!

Whenever I see a parking garage or slabs of cement I think "terrorist!"
 
Kreskin
#18
There are two bridges that always give me pause for safety thought when I'm on them. The Lions Gate and the Pattulo.
 
talloola
#19
Quote: Originally Posted by Kreskin View Post

There are two bridges that always give me pause for safety thought when I'm on them. The Lions Gate and the Pattulo.

Yeah, that pattulo bridge, how many times we drove over that bridge, without a care in the
world, but very aware that is was too narrow, traffic went too fast, and there was lots of
accidents, and it always looks like its ready to fall into the fraser river.

Same with the lions gate.
 
Risus
#20
Quote: Originally Posted by scratch View Post

Risus,

Where you raised in a barn?

scratch

No, were you?
 
scratch
#21
I'm sure you were right next to the piglets.
 
In Between Man
#22
Quote: Originally Posted by Scott Free View Post

Whenever I see a parking garage or slabs of cement I think "terrorist!"

LMAO!!! Another great line from SF! Good Job!

As for the main question, I have to agree with Scott again. I don't trust these things at all. Esp. parking garages and some bridges. A news report while back suggested that some of the major bridges round here are totally unsafe. Obviously this would be last we hear of it. No follow up story, probably cuz no one did any engineering investigations. When the big one hits, we're totally screwed.
Last edited by In Between Man; Nov 27th, 2008 at 09:30 PM..Reason: cuz
 
Kreskin
#23
Quote: Originally Posted by talloola View Post

Yeah, that pattulo bridge, how many times we drove over that bridge, without a care in the
world, but very aware that is was too narrow, traffic went too fast, and there was lots of
accidents, and it always looks like its ready to fall into the fraser river.

Same with the lions gate.

I think the Pattulo is getting narrower too. It's kind of freaky.
 
lone wolf
#24
Quote: Originally Posted by Walter View Post

Points to shoddy workmanship and the Mafioso skimming profits from the construction industry.

That couldn't happen if civil servants would get off their lazy arses and go out into the field to gather samples and inspect.
 
Walter
#25
Quote: Originally Posted by lone wolf View Post

That couldn't happen if civil servants would get off their lazy arses and go out into the field to gather samples and inspect.

Mafia was in charge of government for a while, too. Gagliano was one of the conduits.
 
scratch
#26
Mastronardis as well?
 
JLM
#27
Quote: Originally Posted by lone wolf View Post

That couldn't happen if civil servants would get off their lazy arses and go out into the field to gather samples and inspect.

That is a pretty "sweeping statement", although there is SOME truth to it. Sometimes freak occurences just happen, due to acts of God. Other times it's not "civil servants" but private contractors hired by the government, trying to undercut the cost of civil servants (who in some cases actually do a better job)
 
scratch
#28
JLM,
You actually approve of what our civil servants do between all the time they have off and holidays?
 
Risus
#29
Quote: Originally Posted by scratch View Post

I'm sure you were right next to the piglets.

personal insults won't score you any points...
 
JLM
#30
Quote: Originally Posted by scratch View Post

JLM,
You actually approve of what our civil servants do between all the time they have off and holidays?

I wasn't talking about elected ones, I was talking about the rank and file workers. No I don't approve of EVERYTHING civil servants do, BUT to be fair some are dedicated, hard workers, while others are drones and parasites.