While the big story today is our city’s crumbling mass transit infrastructure, spare a moment for our other crumbling infrastructure. To get more specific, this post is about the “softball-sized” pieces of concrete that fell from the Bayonne Bridge onto cars underneath the Staten Island to New Jersey crossing.
According to the NY Post, the chunks of concrete are falling from the bridge as crews do work to raise the roadbed to let bigger boats go under it and more traffic to pass over it. In the mean time though, concrete chunks have totaled four cars in an auto body lot under the bridge on Monday morning alone, and the lot’s owner is foreseeing death “with decapitations and arms coming off” if one of the concrete pieces hits a human being.
According to a Port Authority spokesperson, the concrete chunks that fell on Monday morning were shaken loose by the demolition of a concrete pier next to Newark Avenue in Staten Island. There were no injuries reported and the cars that were damaged are going to be repaired.