NEW DELHI — An eight-story building in Bangladesh that housed several garment factories collapsed on Wednesday morning, killing at least 70 people, injuring hundreds of others, and leaving an unknown number of people trapped in the rubble, according to Bangladeshi officials and media outlets....


So much happening under our feet.  Daily collapses of roadways due to the severe bow stretch, severe rains, crunching and land subduction all predicted in Zetatalk and all happening now.  Last week in Utah a fatal road collapse killed a 14 year old girl and injured 2.  It's painful to watch the planet crumble but we all knew it was coming.

Buildings collapsing.........a daily happening too.  With responses about what's causing all these happenings ranging from, rain, human error, poorly constructed, yada yada.....BUT, that's not going to fly with people much longer.  As soon as Planet X peers out at us from the sky, people will remember all the things that have happened up to this point and finally somehow, they will connect the dots.  Some will be in extreme denial, others will be so afraid and look for someone to take care of them, and still others will stand up and be counted and prepare as best we could.  There's no wishing this away, there's only pushing forward to a better tomorrow.  While our infrastructure crumbles around us we need to learn to be more careful, tread softly, kiss your kids, love with all your heart.  We are IN IT NOW.

I live in a house built in 1850 and it isn't falling down.  Age does not mean collapse. 

100-year-old building partially collapses in Malone

By: Rachael Paradis

A building in Malone that has been standing for more than a century will no longer be a sight in the town. The building on Route 11, well known to many in the community, collapsed overnight. While no one was injured, our Rachael Paradis tells us why the town is in a rush to tear it down.

MALONE, N.Y. -- Neighbors in Malone stood in surprise, took pictures and even shared stories of a once popular tavern that started to crumble early Monday morning.

County Legislator Billy Jones said, "It's an old structure, it was a structure that was obviously unsafe."

The tavern/hotel was built in the early 1900'. It has been closed to the public for about 15 years and was condemned six months ago.

Franklin County Emergency Services Director Rick Provost, "We're unsure what occurred last night at 3 a.m. What we do know is this building has been on our list of buildings with issues."

Jones said, "Old things fall down."

Police closed off part off Route 11 to traffic and to people, out of concern the rest of the building could fall down. Some in the community voiced concern over why this building, along with others like it in the area that haven't already been demolished. Officials say it comes down to money.

Provost said, "The high cost of abatement for these buildings really makes it tough for the county or the village to take those burdens on."

Jones, "We just have to come up with a plan to start taking some of these building down so we don't run into this problem going forward."

The demolition is only expected to take hours, but cleaning up the area is a different issue. Officials say it could be weeks before the site is completely cleared.


 LAKE ELSINORE: Water leak causes street collapse


10:00 PM PDT on Friday, July 22, 2011

The Press-Enterprise

Temporary repairs to a section of Joy Street in Lake Elsinore are in place today after a 1-inch water line gave way, causing 80 feet of the roadway to collapse and the asphalt to buckle.

The leak, caused by a 6 to 8-inch diameter tree root, was reported late Thursday in a line that leads to several duplexes on Joy between Machado Street and Riverside Drive, and behind Machado Elementary School.

Water service was restored to the 34 customers early Friday morning, said Greg Morrison, spokesman for the Elsinore Valley Municipal Water District.

Water district and contractor crews spent much of Friday removing the damaged asphalt on the southbound side of Joy and laying down a temporary patch. The road was opened in both directions by late afternoon.

"That way the road will be open completely for the entire weekend," Morrison said.

Crews will return Monday and trench from curb to curb to permanently repair the 1-inch line.

On Tuesday, a paving company will remove the patch, put down new base and repave one side of Joy, Morrison said. Work on the other side will take place on Wednesday.

"That way on Tuesday and Wednesday we'll be able to keep on

Windhorst, Parsons Roadway Collapse: Cautious Testing Continues

County workers are testing for sinkholes but the work is proceeding methodically because of utility lines at the intersection, according to a Hillsborough County spokesman.

Several lanes at the intersection of Windhorst Road and Parsons Avenue in Brandon remained closed for the indefinite future as county workers tread carefully in determining what caused a section of the roadway to collapse July 19.

“We have to be really careful at that intersection because there are lots of utility lines in the area,” said Hillsborough County spokesman Patrick Murray. "We have a sewer line and a water line there and we have to make sure there are no other utilities, so we have to be careful drilling.”

At the scene, late afternoon July 22, barricades were seen at the intersection, with drilling under way.

Crew workers first believed a 16-inch sewage pipeline beneath the intersection might have caused the collapse of the 6-foot-square section of roadway on July 19, according to a county report.

But the sewer line was dug up and found to be intact.  Now the county is testing the intersection for sinkholes — but carefully, as Murray noted.  

Additional detours and lane closures are possible as crews dig up the line for inspection and any necessary repairs.

Motorists who must travel through the intersection are warned to expect delays.

Sewer collapse closes part of Lexington Road

At least one eastbound lane of Road near Etley Avenue and Cave Hill Cemetery will be closed during Thursday morning’s rush hour after a 48-inch brick sewer collapsed Wednesday evening.

Crews noticed a depression in the road before discovering the sewer had collapsed, and the area will be excavated Thursday morning, said Metropolitan Sewer District Executive   Bud Schardein.

He said it was too early to tell what caused the collapse, but age was a likely factor. That part of the sewer was built in the 1880s and could have been weakened from an unusually wet spring.

“With all the wet weather we’ve had this past spring, that has a tendency to undermine the mortar,” Schardein said.

Road collapse might have killed Colorado family


(wpr) - Engineers say a large section of Wyoming highway where four Colorado family members plunged to their deaths might have totally collapsed in a matter of minutes.

It had been raining for hours Monday night when local authorities warned the Constantinides family, among others, about potential flood conditions near North Brush Creek Campground around midnight.

Not long afterward, the family's van drove into a washed-out portion of Wyoming highway 130 and was swept about 75 yards down Brush Creek. Laurel Constantindies and her three daughters died.

The husband and father, Alex Constantindies, who had grown up in Laramie, survived and escape the vehicle. He and a passerby later rescued Carbon County Emergency management Coordinator John Ziegler, whose car washed out while he was trying to assist in flood protection efforts.

Ziegler said he was "very fortunate" to have survived.

Bruce Burrows of the Wyoming Transportation Department says engineers are studying what happened to the roadway early Tuesday morning. He says preliminary assessments indicate the creek swollen with rain and snowmelt may have undermined the roadway over some hours and then gouged a 25-foot-wide, 9-foot-deep hole in a matter of minutes.

Yunnan road test the opening day collapse resulting in four deaths and injuries

8, Yunnan” in the history of the most short-lived highway “a serious collapse destroyed sections of the site. After investigation, the highway there in time duration and other issues. Xinhua News Agency reporters Chen Hai and Ning She

Recently, Yunnan Province, Internet users post, said the new Xinping county secondary road test three estuary opening day collapse occurs, resulting in 2 dead 2 injured. Internet users have questioned this “the most short-lived highway” Why just fix it collapsed, was “too much rain” or “bad way”?

After the incident, Yunnan Provincial Department and the Transportation Department were dispatched to investigate a group of experts, the group that really belongs to all “natural disasters caused by heavy rainfall.”

collapse of the vehicle crash on

recently, Internet users “pass,” said Post, June 27, Xinping County of Yuxi City, three city secondary road test the opening of the estuary collapse occurred the next day, resulting in a vehicle passing through here turn under the cliff, killing two people died inside the car and two others injured, highway interrupted. For the cause of the accident, the local government is a single point of heavy rain caused by a natural disaster.

7 8, correspondent along the new road to the scene three, the road there are construction workers on the highway guardrail, drainage and other construction, from time to time some sections of earth and rock rolled down from the hills.

close to the scene of the accident, the construction set up roadblocks on the road side. In the new three road K25 +450 to K26 +480 road, the reporter saw a total of three road damage, including two collapsed, a surface crack. Road accident at the hillside, two-way four-lane have collapsed, a lot of rocks, soil and concrete was rushed into the street of the valley.

“red water collapsed roadbed”

Zhang Xinping County Department of Transportation Secretary BU has introduced three new roads through villages and towns in Xinping County 8 19 village committees, with a total mileage of 90 kilometers . Road along the fragile geology, disasters, floods and geological disasters have been more serious.

accidents mainly due to heavy rains led to a single point of soft roadbed, road ditches and culverts to be above the blockage, and finally the formation of water as a waterfall of impact, resulting in collapse of highway roadbed.

Bu there are rules that highway design, construction and supervision units are selected strictly in accordance with the bidding system, procedural compliance and found no serious design flaws, quality of construction or supervision of omissions.

collapse occurred Sections of the construction unit project manager Jiangzu Long introduction, the unit will subcontract work to the successful construction services company, the project head of engineering equipment and materials, and is responsible for management and technical guidance, service company only the labor force, which is not labor sub-subcontract, the state permitted by law.

he said, in strict accordance with design drawings for construction, engineering, quality is no problem, Lu Jisong soft infiltration and erosion is mainly caused by the floods.

no quality problems, experts say

afterwards, Yunnan Provincial Department and the Transportation Department were sent experts to the scene. The Group believes that: section of the incident transverse slope steep terrain, poor geological conditions, heavy rainfall increased the hydrostatic pressure, the formation of collapse, is a heavy rainfall-induced natural disasters.

Yunnan Provincial Communications Department who participated in the survey, experts say, from the survey of the situation, roadbed, retaining wall strength and so meet the requirements and found no quality problems.

subsidy investigation in time duration for the fight

accused of the most short-lived road not approved the first building, not the acceptance that the opening test

Reporter learned that the investigation, three new road opened in October 2009 to build, and design in May 2010 before the Provincial Communications Department has been approved, there is “not approved prior to construction” and “time duration” issue. Not hand over the road in case of acceptance of test traffic violations, and plans to be held on 30 June the opening ceremony, canceled after the accident.

construction personnel, three new road along the geological environment is complex, time is short, heavy task in building a post, Xinping shouted “make a big quick-drying 60 days,” the slogan of the progress of the projects Forced , post workers overtime work.

what makes engineering so catch it? Reporters learned that, in addition to travel to meet the requirements of the masses, more important reason is that for national road toll for the abolition of two grants. According to the policy, the new secondary roads shall be June 30 this year, opened to traffic, or can not enjoy the state’s two highway toll abolition of subsidies.

Details Emerge in Deadly Road Collapse

Cheyenne : WY : USA | Jul 20, 2011
Engineers say a large section of Wyoming highway where four Colorado family members plunged to their deaths may have totally collapsed in a matter of minutes. Bruce Burrows of the Wyoming Transportation Department says engineers are studying what happened to state Route 130 over South Brush Creek... FULL ARTICLE AT KSAZ



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Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on August 5, 2011 at 11:52pm

Wall of historic Goodale House collapses


Friday, Aug 5, 2011 4:38 PM

The Goodale House, one of Georgia’s oldest surviving homes, partially collapsed Friday.

“I’m going to hope it can be restored, but that process lies with the current owner,”: said Erick Montgomery, executive director of Historic Augusta Inc.

Built in 1799 and placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1976 as the Fitzsimmons-Hampton House, the Federal-style, multistory building was purchased in 2009 by Wes Sims, a Birmingham, Ala., investor who—at the time—hoped to renovate the structure.

Montgomery, who visited the house today, said the collapse involves part of one wall.

“I didn’t go inside, obviously, but it could be that the rest is relatively stable,” he said.

The long vacant house was used as a restaurant in the 1970s and early 1980s and was for sale and priced in the $250,000 range for several years before ultimately selling to Sims for less than $20,000.

Efforts to locate Sims today were unsuccessful.

The surrounding area—now flanked by Bobby Jones Expressway and mammoth chemical factories across Sandbar Ferry Road—was once a 500-acre plantation established by Thomas Goodale in 1740.

Goodale also operated the Sandbar Ferry at the nearby river crossing, in addition to a restaurant and inn, according to early historical accounts.

In 1799, the year the home was built, the site was sold to a Charleston, S.C., merchant named Christopher Fitzsimmons, who later gave the home to his daughter’s new husband, Wade Hampton Jr.

His son, Wade Hampton III, would later become governor of South Carolina.

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on August 5, 2011 at 11:50pm

Fri, Aug. 05 2011 05:18 PM EDT

Flooding in Charlotte Prompts Evacuations, Rescues

Floods in Charlotte, North Carolina, due to torrential rains that occurred around midday on Friday have prompted evacuations, rescue attempts and flash flood warnings.

The rains began just before 12 p.m. and lasted until about 1:15 p.m., accumulating approximately three inches of rain and up to six inches in some areas.

Residents began calling in emergencies immediately, one of the first being a celling collapse at the Sola Salon on in the South end of Charlotte. No one was injured, but many women had their hair and nails ruined.

A ceiling collapse also occurred at an Embassy Suites on South Tryon Street in Charlotte. Erik Slemon of Robert Graham, LLC, was staying at the hotel and captured the fall in on his camera phone. He described the event as "fast and fierce."

"It went from completely dry to torrential downpour," he told News 14 Carolina.

"Its not something you ever expect to happen, and then you just see the ceiling coming down."

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Rains overpowered the hotels drainage pipes and causes the collapse.

Billy Graham Evangelistic Association told The Christian Post that its headquarters in Charlotte suffered no damages as a result of the floods.

But other areas of Charlotte have not been as fortunate. Police and the Fire Department have started evacuating people from two Charlotte neighborhoods. First responders to the flood rescued 16 people who were trapped in vehicles. Approximately, 77 road incidents have been reported, but none have mentioned injuries

Charlotte Fire Department spokesman Capt. Rob Brisley warned residents not to drive through flooded streets. He reported that most of the motorists required rescues because they decided to go through streets with high water.

Flash flood warnings were placed on Gaston, Mecklenburg, Cleveland and Lincoln Counties until 4 p.m.

Spokeswoman for Charlotte-Mecklenburg Storm Water Services, Jennifer Frost reported that parts of Interstate highways 77, 485 and 85 are temporarily shut down due to flooding.

"It came down very fast," said Frost, according to CNN. "It got so dark downtown, it looked like night."

Having worked in the area for nine years, she said she "never seen anything like this before."

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on August 5, 2011 at 11:46pm

Building collapse wreaks havoc in Karachi

* 7 killed, 15 injured as five-storey building collapses in Karachi

* Four women and two girls among dead g Rescue operation continues

By Atif Raza

KARACHI: At least seven people, including three women, three minor girls and a boy, were killed and 15 others injured when a five-storey building collapsed in Moosa Lane within the limits of Baghdadi police station, Lyari, here on Thursday.

According to police and eyewitnesses, at around 11:00am the five-storey building ‘Qasr-e-Roqayya’ fell down along Shah Abdul Latif Bhattai road.

On information, rescue teams, officials of the Karachi Building Control Authority (KBCA) and others, rushed to the scene and recovered the bodies of seven persons. The deceased were identified as Hawwa Bibi, Khadija, Rozina, Arshia, Imran and Bilal while identity of other deceased girl could not be ascertained till filing of this report.

Rescuers said the victims Arshia and Bilal were juniors among five siblings namely Hammad, Komal and Kiran. They said that Abdul Ghaffar and Komal along with their five children were living at top floor of the building.

KBCA officials said the building was 20-year-old and was in deteriorated condition. They said that it was included in decayed buildings list and added that the inhabitants were also suggested to evacuate it to avoid any untoward incident but they refused to do so.

SSP South Naeem Sheikh expressed fear of further casualties in the incident and said that more casualties could be reported as the debris of the building was not completely removed so far and the rescue work was in progress.

SSP South further said that rescue teams along with army teams are busy in recovering the injured persons.

SHO Baghdadi Jan Muhammad said that some 20 families were living in the building. He said that although the rescue operation was expedited, the teams were facing difficulties due to dense populated area.

When contacted, DC South Mustafa Jamal Qazi said the district government on the directives of Sindh Governor Dr Ishratul Ibad Khan had established a relief camp at Shah Latif Bhattai Hall to facilitate the traumatized persons of this incident. He said the Commissioner Karachi Muhammad Hussain Syed also visited the spot and assured the inhabitants of the area of utilising all resources for providing maximum relief to affected families.

Civil Hospital Karachi sources confirmed that all seven bodies and 15 injured persons were bought to the hospital. The deceased were identified as Arshia, 07, daughter of Abdul Ghaffar; Hawwa Bibi, 70, wife of Usman; Imran, 06, son of Usman; and Bilal, 19, son of Abdul Ghaffar, Khadija, Rozina.

They said that all injured Alia, 35, wife of Riyaz; Kulsoom, 40, wife of Yousuf; Komal, 35, wife of Abdul Ghaffar; Rabia, 6, daughter of Abdul Ghaffar; Muskan, 07, daughter of Imran; Samina, 35, wife of Imran; Adeel, 19, son of Abdul Ghaffar; Imran, 35, son of Yousuf; Parveen, 48, wife of Abdul Ghafoor; and Bilquees, 34, wife of Abbas were in stable condition.

Meanwhile, army rescue team comprising some 50 personnel also reached the site of incident along with sniper dogs but the dogs were unable to point out the people stuck under debris.

Rescuers also made the lighting arrangements to continue the rescue efforts while believed the people get stuck in debris will be brought out till morning because of the congested locations.

The Sindh Building Control Authority (SBCA), in late hours, also issued an initial report of the collapse of the building. The technical team of SBCA, after inspecting the site of building collapse, forwarded a preliminary report of the incident to SBCA director general.

The report said

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on August 4, 2011 at 1:50am

GUJRANWALA: A heavy explosion occurred in a private bank building causing collapse of bank, roofs of two adjacent houses of the bank and damage to a gas pipeline, besides injuring two people, on Gujranwala-Sialkot road here on late Tuesday night.

According to Rescue 1122, The explosion took place in MCB Pattomand Branch. Fire fighter teams of Rescue 1122 rushed the spot and brought the fire under control after hectic efforts.

In explosion, bank security guard, Habib s/o Afzal and Azhar s/o Muhammad Iqbal received burn injuries. Habib was shifted to DHQ Hospital in a critical condition.

DIG Gujranwala, Ahmad Mubarik, SSP Operation, Bomb Disposal Squad and other officials reached the spot and investigation was in progress.

According to Rescue 1122 the blast occured due to a gas pipeline leakage.

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on August 3, 2011 at 5:20am

Glen Huntly building on edge of collapse

  • The wall collapse in Glen Huntly

    The wall collapse in Glen Huntly

  • Police block off the road around the wall collapse

    Police block off the road around the wall collapse

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UPDATE 4.25pm: Glen Huntly’s Royal Ave is expected to reopen tonight after a building partially collapsed yesterday.

Police blocked the road to traffic at 9am today after discovering the extent of the damage.

Glen Eira Council’s director of communications Paul Burke said the council issued the owner with emergency orders to secure the building after the collapse yesterday afternoon.

“The southern wall of 8 Royal Ave has partially collapsed presumably as a result of some underpinning work being carried out on the adjacent site,” Mr Burke said.

“The builder and the owner of the building have now engaged people to make the site safe. Royal Ave has been totally blocked off while this happens and now it is expected to be reopened to traffic at 6.30pm.”

Leader photographer Jason Sammon captured these dramatic images as workers tried to stabilise the brick wall and prevent the building from completely collapsing.

The block of shops and offices were all empty when the incident happened.

Nearby worker Des Lorkin said contractors working on a development at the old police station site caused the collapse around lunchtime on Monday.

“A bobcat was digging at the site and the foundation collapsed,” he said.

“Some tenants have things stored upstairs, but they can’t get them because the building is unsafe apparently.

“I think they are looking at pulling the whole building down pretty soon.”

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on August 2, 2011 at 3:39am

Raw Video: San Bernardino Co. road collapse

Couldn't link the video here but use the link below.  This is wayyyy beyond sinkhole status.

More rain is forecast for San Bernardino County, California heightening concerns of more road collapses like this one. No one was hurt in this collapse and the Hwy 330 will be closed through the winter.

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on August 1, 2011 at 9:01am

Concrete slab collapses in Montreal tunnel

Posted: Jul 31, 2011 10:17 AM ET

Last Updated: Jul 31, 2011 10:01 PM ET

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A fallen piece of concrete has forced the closure of the eastbound lanes of Montreal's Ville-Marie Expressway and a partial closure of the westbound lanes.

Police say the 15-metre block of concrete in the Ville-Marie tunnel fell near the City Hall exit. No one was injured and no one was stuck in the tunnel.

"Our officers arrived at the scene and we verified and made sure that no one was stuck underneath the rubble," Daniel Thibaudeau, spokesman for Quebec provincial police, told reporters Sunday.

The part that fell is a screen-like slab meant to block the light, so drivers entering and exiting the tunnel are not blinded.

Construction workers on the scene told the CBC's Peter Akman they had been doing work on the walls of the tunnel and believed vibrations from that may have caused the slab to fall.

Officials have closed the eastbound lanes of the Ville-Marie expressway while investigators examine the collapse. Officials have closed the eastbound lanes of the Ville-Marie expressway while investigators examine the collapse. CBC

Transport Quebec spokesperson Caroline Larose said engineers from the ministry are inspecting the structure. She tried to reassure Montreal drivers, saying the provincial government regularly inspects the city's transportation infrastructure and has invested $4 billion this year alone.

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on July 31, 2011 at 8:49am
Power line collapse causes brush fire; outages in Stratham, Greenland


Saturday, July 30, 2011



Beland/Citizen photo A fire crew responds to Seavey Pastures Road Saturday after collapsed power lines sparked a brush fire.

STRATHAM — Some residents of Stratham and Exeter lost power Saturday after a power line collapse sparked a brush fire in a wooded area off Seavey Pasture Road.

Crews from Stratham and Greenland responded to the blaze, located more than a quarter of a mile into a wooded area. Emergency officials said the heat and terrain were key challenges in combating the blaze.

The fire was contained before 5 p.m., but crews said they were proceeding with caution, as it was not immediately clear whether power had been cut to area electrical lines.

Unitil and PSNH were notified and were dispatching crews to the scene, officials said Saturday afternoon.

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on July 30, 2011 at 7:51am

Storm repairs force closure of Canada Street for four weeks

Published Friday July 29th, 2011

Canada Street residents will have to brace for another four-week closure of their roadway near Kaine Street after the city discovered more weakness just south of a rebuilt wall triggered by the Dec. 13 winter rainstorm in the capital region.

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This is what repairs were like last summer on a Canada Street retaining wall near Kaine Street. This summer, another four weeks of work is needed to reinforce another section of the roadway that was damaged during December's rainstorm.

City council has awarded a tender for the additional repair work on Canada Street to E. Cummings Contracting Inc. for $265,843, including HST.

In 2010, the street was shut down for most of the summer when the city undertook a 70-metre repair job that it thought would do the trick, said Marysville Coun. Steven Hicks.

That contractor was KDB Engineers and Contractors Inc., which spent two months and $314,021 of city taxpayer money to stabilize the roadway and a retaining wall.

Canada Street at that point rises high above a steep slope that falls away to the Nashwaak River below.

But it was a major winter rainstorm, which dropped 106 millilmetres in just three days over the region, that caused the further problem that has to be fixed this year.

"There was a major flood on Dec. 13, 2010, which exposed some weaknesses just south of the wall where part of the shoulder began to collapse, so this year we're going to do another 50 metres southward," Hicks said.

"It's about a four-week project, and we hope to have that finished before school gets back in session."

There will be inconvenience to residents in the area, but it's essential to fix that part of the road to avoid an even more serious collapse of the roadway.

After the December rainstorm, the city hired Gemtec Ltd. to monitor the Canada Street shoulder washout.

The washout settled and temporary repairs were made, but the proper fix of the roadway needs to be done this summer.

Gemtec recommended that truck traffic stay off Canada Street pending the repairs this year.

Hicks said city staff will be meeting this week with the contractor to try to pinpoint a start and finish time on the work.

"As soon as we get information, we'll get it out to the residents and let them know when we're going to start," Hicks said.

Dylan Gamble, the city's roads and streets manager, told The Daily Gleaner in a previous interview that if the retaining wall hadn't been fixed last year, the December rains could have caused a catastrophic failure of the street, likely washing out the water and sewer systems along the roadway costing millions of dollars in repairs.

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on July 28, 2011 at 3:42am

Repairs for section of Highway 55 to continue into next week
The following is a news release via the Idaho Department of Fish and Game

The replacement culvert for a washed-out section of Idaho 55 near Marsing will likely not be received until Friday, extending repair time and subsequent re-opening of the road into early next week.

The replacement culvert must be a reinforced concrete pipe made specifically for deep installations. This type of pipe material is not readily available and will have to be manufactured. The replacement pipe is coming from a Nampa company.

A less-expensive metal pipe cannot be used because the composition of the soil would eventually corrode and eat away the metal, causing another failure. Aluminum, in that quantity and shape, is more expensive and difficult to find.
To handle greater water-flow volumes, the new culvert also will be 48 inches in diameter rather than the 36-inch diameter of the corrugated metal culvert that failed Sunday afternoon.

Crews have constructed a gravel-and-dirt “bench” from which to use an excavator. From the bench, ITD will remove the remains of the old pipe and create a diversion channel in order to have a relatively dry area to work while replacing the culvert. The new concrete pipe will then be installed and the joints sealed. The diversion pipe will be removed and the excavation filled to near roadway level. The roadway base will then be graded, compacted and the roadway repaved.

The failing culvert caused the washout of a 20-foot section of highway about a half-mile west of Marsing near the junction with U.S. 95 Sunday between 3:30 p.m. and 4 p.m.
Subsequently, an excavator opened the area above the culvert and removed debris Sunday night to minimize material washing down the channel and to the Snake River, about a mile away. The remaining roadway in that area was trenched through the night to allow water to flow from one side of the road to the other and not interrupt service to irrigators downstream or risk a collapse of the culvert. A collapse would have created a dam and spilled water over the roadway, potentially expanding the area of damage.

Two detour routes are in place. Drivers coming from Oregon on U.S. 95 are being directed to Pershall and Idaho 78, and drivers are directed to Edison and Thompson roads to get to Marsing using Idaho 55. Detour signs are in place to move traffic around the work area. The detours add about two miles to the route.

The cost of repairs are estimated at $22,000. Because the failure was within the highway right-of-way, ITD will pay for the repairs through its maintenance funds.

Approximately 3,300 vehicles use that section of highway each day, especially agricultural traffic

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