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Carl Delta: ‘It doesn’t take a genius’ to fix truck-eating bridge

  • A tractor-trailer truck is seen underneath the infamous “truck-eating bridge” that runs across Bridge Street in Northampton. Bera Dunau

Published: 9/16/2019 12:21:00 PM

Once again, a truck hit the downtown Northampton bridge. This is disruptive, expensive to the city and the trucking company and not without danger. It is also not necessary.

Think of a cable strung about 10 feet before the bridge and “bang bars” hanging down from them. The simplest and cheapest look like steel bars hanging down that are on swivels and are slightly different lengths based on the sag of the cable to hit the truck body. They make quite a bang alerting the driver to impending danger.

Better yet, a simple electronic switch can detect this impact and turn on very bright strobes that flash red and yellow lights that cannot be ignored. They can be seen even in dense fog or driving rain.

These and similar things are cheap and effective. To continue to do nothing when these simple solutions can avoid these constant accidents is just dumb. It doesn’t take a genius in electrical engineering to make such a device.

Carl delta

Northampton


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