Bridges are out…now whut? #NatlPrep

As we near the end of the first week, we should also consider our planning and look at evacuation routes. As far as things go, most major routes should be open esp in emergency to allow for those who need to egress to GTFO of there right?!?

While in perfect situations, this would be the case. But lately, we’ve had some challenging situations across the nation that leads me to believe we may not have the option to evacuate safety out of the city.

While most days, all the bridges are down in Chicago.

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However the City of Chicago has had some bad luck and was forced to pop the bridges to curtail silly behavior at night.

With almost all the bridges up, that makes travel through the loop a bit more complex and challenging esp when things happen last minute and late at night.

To help deal with these challenging situations, subscribing to the mass notification systems would provide additional information on which roads are closed but amidst the ruckus, perhaps planning alternate routes out of your location would be best.

Easier said than done but necessary when faced with pressures of the safety of yourself and your family.

While it doesn’t have to be a straight shot out, you can exercise various options on how to exit your location and safely rondevous with loved ones in other places.

Remember, plan at least two alternate routes of egress from your location and try your hardest to reduce the amount of complexity after a disaster/emergency.

As always, remain vigilant and make sure you and your family are safe by planning now.

Reporting live on AlohaFriday…

@rusnivek

Explosive demolition of 9 steel spans of the old bridge #CLE #Cleveland #kaboom

Want to demo a bridge this Saturday?

Thanks my PIO friends at ODOT. #kaboom

@rusnivek

 

 

Controlled Demolition of Old Innerbelt Bridge to Take Place July 12
Watch LIVE at Cleveland.com or wkyc.com

 

Hold on to your hats! The Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) and Trumbull-Great Lakes-Ruhlin (TGR) are pleased to announce that controlled explosive demolition of the steel skeleton of the 1959 Innerbelt Bridge will take place at first light on Saturday morning July 12.

 

Controlled demolition will drop five (5) of the nine (9) steel spans of the old bridge. The team which includes Joseph B. Fay Company and Controlled Demolition, Inc. has used a mixture of both traditional demolition along with the “controlled” – or explosive – demolition method.  The bridge railings, lights, barriers and concrete driving surface were all removed using traditional methods.  Specific spans over the river and railroads were also disassembled in a traditional manner. Concrete piers will be demolished this summer using traditional methods.

 

The plan protects the businesses that operate from the Flats as well as people living and working in the Tremont neighborhood.

 

Members of the public are invited to watch the event live at www.Cleveland.com or www.wkyc.com. Due to limited view-sheds, only a small public viewing area near the corner of East 14th Street and Broadway Avenue is available.  The area will be accessible beginning at 5:30 a.m. on Saturday, July 12. Paid, public parking is available in downtown lots – a short walk from the viewing area. Even better, ride with our friends at RTA!  The #19 bus provides direct access to the site. Visit www.rideRTA.com for more!

 

A 1,000 foot perimeter will be set around the blast zone and many local roadways including I-90, the Lorain-Carnegie Bridge, Abbey Avenue and others will be closed during the event.  For a map of anticipated closures and closures times, please log-on to www.Innerbelt.org.

 

ODOT is in the midst of replacing the 1959 bridge with two new structures – one to carry traffic in each direction.  The pair have been named in honor of statesman George V. Voinovich. Replacement of the 1959 bridge is vital to the success of moving people in and out of downtown Cleveland now and in the future.  It will enhance capacity, bolster our economy and ensure the safety of motorists.  The first of the pair is now open and temporarily carrying traffic in both directions until completion of the second new bridge in late 2016.

 

Members of the public with questions or concerns are encouraged to call the Innerbelt hotline at 216.344.0069 or email info@Innerbelt.org

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In this view, Tremont is to the left and downtown is to the right. The spans marked in yellow will be demolished using the “controlled” demolition method on July 12.

Cold water challenge in a restricted area? No joy!

Since this is a restricted area, I just asked the commanding officer of the USCG station if I could do the Firefighter cold water challenge here under the Golden Gate Bridge…they said no.

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Don’t worry, I’ll keep trying.

Standby-1

@rusnivek