Worn Out Wednesday


Storm clouds on the Infrastructure horizon.

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.



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14 Responses to Worn Out Wednesday

  1. Den says:

    Everything is falling apart, highways, bridges, subways, the Government, disarray is everywhere and no one wants to fix any of it. The money spent on forever war would allow us to fix it but the giant government contractors are unwilling to give up their war-sponsored gravy train.

    Funny thing, I believe if the wars stopped tomorrow our economy would collapse from the loss of the ONLY manufacturing jobs other than autos here in America today.

    American companies bent on higher profits out-source everything to China, little or no non-war production here at all. The infrastructure needs to be outsourced to China too, just to get it done.


  2. David B. Benson says:

    Lotsa construction on the way to the Foundry in 29 minutes. Two highway projects and the deconstruction of the Washington Federal building downtown. At the same time, Basilo’s is closed and another food establishment is going in. And all the sidewalk corners are being ramped.


  3. Carol ٩(-̮̮̃-̃)۶ says:

    No way I would give up watching television, Doc. I hardly watched any TV, but now we have the DVR and I can watch whatever I want and never see a commercial. That little box changed my life.

    As you know, I DO use the library. I get audio books from them, and some movies and now it will more movies since our video store in town closed. I don’t have time to read fiction anymore, so I listen to it. Listen to non-fiction, too.

    I love to be entertained, and to learn. Love movies, always loved movies. As you know, I owned a video store because I loved movies. I was brokenhearted when we had to close it down.


  4. Carol ٩(-̮̮̃-̃)۶ says:

    We stuck with Direct TV, decided to anti up the $7.99 per month insurance, which is how today’s service call costs them…so they say.

    The technician got here a little after 8:00 a.m. He said there was a green light on some little thing behind the DVR that was off. He said that meant something wasn’t plugged in right, and I told him no one has touched anything behind any of the gadgets on the entertainment center. He switched a couple plugs around in our power supply back-up, green light was back on the little box and he booted up everything. That didn’t fix anything. Ha! I TOLD him no one messed with plugs.

    He did some messing around with our TV’s settings, told us our TV was too old to support the new owner’s rules, which would be AT&T. In the end, he ran out to his van and brought in a new HDMI cable, hooked that up and all was well. Fixed.

    Then he noticed some of the buttons on our controller weren’t working. He ran out to his van and brought in a new one for us. WOO HOO! Our friends Up North were told a couple months ago when they’re system failed that they needed a new remote and that would cost them $19.95. That’s when they switched to Dish Network. And we got one, no fuss and no money had to change hands.

    Caught back up with the news on MSNBC. What a relief! It’s amazing how much happens in a day with the mess in Washington. I read about a lot of it on the internet, but watching MSNBC really helps with getting it all together in my head.


  5. Carol ٩(-̮̮̃-̃)۶ says:

    Still rather coolish here. It’s all I can do to NOT turn the furnace on in the mornings, but I keep winning and I haven’t turned it on once this past week. House warms up fast enough. Besides, it’s not THAT cold in here, only 67/68°.


    • David B. Benson says:

      Now is the best time of the year to buy extra clothing such as sweaters. Wool is best, better than turning on the furnace.


  6. Den says:

    Hanging in the 80-90’s here, rain is done until November, crisping up from now on, the banner rain we had last Winter let brush sprout like crazy, now it is all drying out posing a fire hazard.

    Such is the price for living in God’s Country, knowing no weekends will ever be rained-out all Summer. and most Fall.


  7. Den says:

    Summer in Michigan:


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