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Bridge strikes

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  • Registered Users Posts: 1,392 ✭✭✭ Qrt


    Zebra3 wrote: »
    https://m.independent.ie/irish-news/news/rise-in-vehicles-striking-railway-bridges-a-worrying-trend-37955104.html

    Article there from a few days ago about railway bridges being hit with even higher regularity than before.

    Now, I’m curious to know what happens afterwards.

    Are there large fines? Slap on the wrists for those who damage taxpayer funded property? How can one bridge be hit 7 times in a year without anything being done to counter this?

    Ideally there would be sensors a couple 100m back or so, with a barrier falling before the truck gets to the bridge. Sounds complicated tho


  • Registered Users Posts: 5,318 ✭✭✭ kirving


    Zebra3 wrote: »
    Are there large fines? Slap on the wrists for those who damage taxpayer funded property? How can one bridge be hit 7 times in a year without anything being done to counter this?

    A fine isn't going to stop people hitting the bridge.

    I'd suggest that if the same bridge has been hit 7 times in a single year, then I'd suggest that it's more than likely an issue with signage.


  • Registered Users Posts: 3,063 ✭✭✭ JohnC.


    Well signed bridges can still get hit regularly. Look up 11foot8 on Youtube. Several signs, including a flashing electronic one, at the bridge, more installed for three blocks approaching it. An overheight warning system, which also triggers a red light at the junction in front of the bridge so drivers have an extra 50 seconds to spot the various signs. And it still gets hit about once a month on average.


  • Registered Users Posts: 2,342 ✭✭✭ hans aus dtschl


    Seems like there's a relatively simple and ugly answer to this: a steel overhead height bar shortly before the bridge?


  • Registered Users Posts: 13,372 ✭✭✭✭ loyatemu


    Seems like there's a relatively simple and ugly answer to this: a steel overhead height bar shortly before the bridge?

    https://goo.gl/maps/fyi2FTkufBp

    (this was installed because there was a lot of construction traffic going under the bridge for the harbour redevelopment).


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