Route 66 Construction Collapse

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Real Estate Agent with Long & Foster REALTORS®, Manassas, VA VA License # 0225089470

This is something that got my blood pumping today.  My Mom called and sounded panicked.  She said Route 66 had collapsed on Route 29 (a major intersection in Gainesville, VA).    She couldn't find any news about it on the local television stations.

I jumped in the car, camera in hand, to see what had happened.  Nothing quite as dramatic as a collapse of a running freeway, onto a major highway.  This is an insection that is frequently closed due to construction.  What happened was a construction girder collapsed onto Route 29, from a non-open section of Route 66.  Still the photo is rather sacry looking.

No one was injured in the collapse of this steel bean.  No property either. 

Route 29 will be closed in both directions, on either side of this overpass.  Expect delays and detours if this is part of your regular commute.

 

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Richard Weisser
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Chris Ann...

You're right, it is ver scary looking. I'm glad that no one was hurt. Good photo.

Oct 06, 2008 03:10 PM #1
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Seems there are a lot of things collapsing lately. We had a temporary covered walkway collapse a couple of weeks ago, injuring about 20 people. There have been several construction cranes that collapsed, two in New York within days of each other. Not to mention the financial collapse.

Oct 06, 2008 03:19 PM #2
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Chris Ann, don't like seeing the beams come down. Not good if anyone was nearby.

Oct 06, 2008 03:25 PM #3
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Susan Haughton
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When I first saw the headline, I thought, "how did I miss this?"  LOL  GREAT photo.

Oct 06, 2008 03:34 PM #4
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Chris Ann Cleland
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Richard:  I kept driving around, figuring they must have already cleaned it up...then I saw it.  Snapped the photo through my windsheild, edited it when I got home.

Oct 06, 2008 03:56 PM #5
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Jim:  That bridge collapse in Minnesota was the one that came to my mind right away when I first heard of this.  Thank God it ended up that the largest problem was delays for the afternoon commute.

Oct 06, 2008 03:59 PM #7
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Gary:  It is a frightening sight to see the support beams fall.  Don't know the full story yet, but this was a stretch of Interstate 66 that was going to be demolished.  Perhaps this was demolition that just got ahead of itself.

Oct 06, 2008 04:01 PM #8
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Susan:  It was a very big deal out here.  And it is totally screwing up the afternoon rush hour.

Oct 06, 2008 04:04 PM #9
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Chris Ann,

Fortunately it sounded worse than it was, but you still got a good pic of it. Years from now you can show the picture and talk about the "close call" you had. :)

Steve

Oct 06, 2008 04:14 PM #10
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Steve:  It's really weird.  This blog has made me feel like a photo journalist.  As soon as I heard about this event, I grabbed the camera and got in the car.

Oct 06, 2008 05:01 PM #11
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Chris Ann:  As I remember... Rt 29 carried quite a bit of traffic in that area.  that is going to be one pretty big mess until they get it taken care of.

One habit that has become a part of my everyday routine is always, always having my good ol' handy Canon Rebel XTi camera with me.  You just never know what you might want to capture for a blog post. 

Oct 08, 2008 03:46 AM #12
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Karen Anne:  Amazingly it was cleared the next day.  As for the camera, I too carry mine all the time now.

Oct 08, 2008 09:26 AM #13
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Chris Ann:  I am sure that the main reason this mess was cleared up so quickly... was that they knew that they had to get the heck out of the way... before you got back on the road the next morning.  LOL.  They just simply knew better than to mess with you.  :)

Oct 09, 2008 03:21 AM #14
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Karen Anne:  Thank God I don't have to face a morning commute anymore.  If I go to the office, it's mid-afternoon and a ten minute residential road drive.

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