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Postby Uncle Al » Tue Aug 13, 2019 5:11 pm

How True :!:
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Re: No shortcuts

Postby beachlion » Tue Aug 13, 2019 5:57 pm

That must be one of those imported Norwegian truck drivers with difficulties to convert feet and inches to meters. ;)
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Re: No shortcuts

Postby crfriend » Tue Aug 13, 2019 6:46 pm

There's even a web site devoted to that sort of idiocy. It's good for a laugh every now and then.
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Re: No shortcuts

Postby r.m.anderson » Tue Aug 13, 2019 7:18 pm

But my GPS said go straight - the instructions from Gennie Siri Alexa or whatever her name is !
"Kilt-On" -or- as the case may be "Skirt-On" !
WHY ?
Isn't wearing a kilt enough?
Well a skirt will do in a pinch!
Make mine short and don't you dare think of pinching there !
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Re: No shortcuts

Postby Fred in Skirts » Tue Aug 13, 2019 7:25 pm

There is a railroad bridge in Augusta Ga. that has this problem at least 8 to 10 times a year.
The bridge has warning lights signs as well as very loud telltales before you get to the bridge telling you to take another route. The last time this happened it took two days to reopen the bridge to rail traffic (due to the inspections required by the state and feds.)the bridge was not damaged and a day and a half to reopen road traffic. The truck was totaled as the back came off in 2 pieces and spread its contents all over the road.

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Re: No shortcuts

Postby beachlion » Tue Aug 13, 2019 9:55 pm

In the 70s I rented a van, a Ford Transit, to make a trip to France and Italy. In one of the Italian places along the Mediterranean Sea, Arma di Taggia, I went under a railway viaduct. There a sign indicating the height of the ceiling. The first number had faded but at my side the opening was high enough for a big truck. I did not realize I was near the mountains and the road was climbing. When I was halfway, a little car came from the other side with lights flashing and the horn sounding. I was first, you impatient Italian, I was thinking and drove on slowly. Then I heard a crumbling screeching sound overhead. I drove back, parked and checked the damage. Just a few scratches and dents. The very vague number on the sign was a 1 (one) for sure.
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Re: No shortcuts

Postby pelmut » Tue Aug 13, 2019 10:31 pm

Last year the roof bars of my van grazed the height gauges at the entrances to car parks twice in two weeks.  One was in Buckinghamshire and the other was in Cornwall - but the cause in both cases was identical. The height of the gauge above the road surface was correct and the van should have gone through; however someone had decided to put road humps each side of it and these lifted both sets of wheels simultaneously, raising the van roof high enough to hit the gauge.
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Re: No shortcuts

Postby crfriend » Tue Aug 13, 2019 11:10 pm

pelmut wrote:[...] however someone had decided to put road humps each side of it and these lifted both sets of wheels simultaneously, raising the van roof high enough to hit the gauge.

Thereby nullifying the purpose and value of the warning device.

Are you folks hiring "traffic engineers" from the USA? If so, STOP. There's nothing but pain and suffering otherwise. You have been warned.
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Britain's Most Bashed Bridge

Postby shadowfax » Wed Aug 14, 2019 7:21 am

Here's a link to a YouTube video of Britain's most bashed bridge in Ely, Cambridgeshire.
https://youtu.be/mNZUgkZ4BP8

It's been hit 113 (and counting!?) times since 2009. The video is from 2017.

There is a railway line over the bridge and a level crossing for tall vehicles alongside the bridge! :roll:

They've built a bypass road around the area of the low bridge now. :wink: :)
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Re: No shortcuts

Postby dillon » Wed Aug 21, 2019 1:45 am

That same photo has been frequently edited to change the words on the trailer. There are other versions of it around.
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