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For those of us who enjoy destructo videos, this one is a champ...for chumps.
According to11foot8.com, this train trestle is 100 years old, so it was built at a time" when there were no standards for minimum clearance." They are not raising it because the Norfolk Southern Railroad doesn't care: it's their bridge and the only thing they want is to guarantee the safety of their trains. "As far as they are concerned, they solved that problem by installing the crash beam," 11foot8 says. Any potential solution ”like raising the bridge or loowering the road” is too expensive to be worth it. The city of Durham installed warning signs along the three blocks that precede the bridge, but imbeciles keep ramming into it on average once a month.
Assuming that the signs about the bridge height are correct (Surprisingly, they are not always correct - roads are sometimes paved over, thereby increasing the height of the roadway; but the signs are not updated) the real idiot is the truck hauling hay who goes through after watching the first hay hauler lose some of his load right in front of him!
Less than 8 feet. I knew that before going into the parking garage marked 10', but got out to double-check anyway before entering. 10' just seemed low when I knew I had extra stuff overhead.
And every Ryder, Penske, or Uhaul that I've driven has the clearance emblazoned in giant reverse text on one or both front corners of the box, so it is impossible to miss the sight of the reminder when you check your mirrors.
I remember dragging a 13' 6" dry van around Chicago and around NYC. A cat in a room full of rocking chairs has an easier time of it. A number of times I hung back until another driver got through safely. New York's signs are seriously weird.
Most fun is the Chesapeake Bay tunnel--placarded at 13' 6". Daughter (also a driver) had told me about it so I was not worried, but is is uncomfortable looking up out of the windshield.
One of the tunnels into Manhattan is also placarded at 13" 6" and I was not prepared for that so when I got to the tool booth I asked about it and here answer was "I can hear you", which seemed odd, so I asked again and got the same response. Eventually, she told me that if the detectors didn't like me, the bells would be so loud she would not be able to hear me.
Which made sense.
Long story short: There is no reason why a driver should ever clang into a bridge or run his tandems over a curb (or anything else but road).
That sentence "They are not raising it because the Norfolk Southern Railroad doesn't care" really grates with me for some reason.
If I fail to solve an intractable problem that is legally not my responsibility, that means I don't care?
1. In any dispute, if a railroad is involved, the railroad is wrong. (Have you ever seen a report that does NOT say some form of "the train collided with the vehicle EVEN IF THE collision was with the side of a rail-car"?)
2. In any dispute, if a truck is involved, the trucker is wrong. Even if the second vehicle rear-ends of runs into the side of the truck.
3. If a train and a truck collide, in general use rule 1 although occasionally local biases will override.
The simple truth is the train operator has few maneuvering options available.
In the case here, there is not much the railroad CAN do--raising the bridge is not an easy matter and will involve additional operating expense for every train after the raising. Attempts to lower the roadbed may have serious (read "expensive) implications, not the least of which would be the EIR.
I have no knowledge outside of what we see here, but I will guess that the road installed the protective beam, the sign and lights and detector (and may maintain them).