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Thread: Trail closed under Roosevelt Bridge -- 10/2/18

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    Quote Originally Posted by DrP View Post
    So, is this a chance to get a better trail than slippery wood?
    No.

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    Boardwalk was open this morning! I didn't even spot any new boards, although my wife claimed she saw some. The stoopid National Park Service site says the trail is still closed. Enjoyed the stairs at the 14-th street bridge -- didn't have to haul a single ebike up or down. Have a great day and enjoy the bike commute -- it beats the shite out of taking the metro.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Harry Meatmotor View Post
    Yeah, but they're the panacea we've all been waiting for to make sure everybody who has money and political power experiences the inconveniences of bike commuting so they can then lobby on behalf of the plebs that ride regular bikes.
    I wouldn't put it this way, but the sentiment is right: ebikes make biking accessible to more people and more people on bikes makes biking safer and better for all (both because drivers see bikes and because they lobby for better bike infra). Note that the woman in the story just started bike commuting -- she wouldn't have been biking had she not had the ebike.

    For future reference, this would have been the most straightforward detour without going into DC/taking stairs. This detour is shorter but harder to follow if you're not used to riding around the Pentagon.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pmf View Post
    Boardwalk was open this morning! I didn't even spot any new boards, although my wife claimed she saw some. The stoopid National Park Service site says the trail is still closed. Enjoyed the stairs at the 14-th street bridge -- didn't have to haul a single ebike up or down. Have a great day and enjoy the bike commute -- it beats the shite out of taking the metro.
    I saw the new boards on my evening commute. They are just north of the northernmost TR Bridge span (the ramp with the sidepath). The Trollheim felt a lot smoother there than usual, so the boards that broke were probably in pretty sorry shape anyway. More significantly, the offending machine was still in the TR Island parking lot yesterday afternoon. I hope they are not thinking of making another attempt.

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    New boards are lighter in color than the old boards, or at least they were yesterday at 4:30. Nice in that they don't jar you when you ride over them, though of course they'll be just as slick or slicker. Now, if we can just contractors to drop equipment through the entirety of Trollheim, maybe we can get new wood all the way across.

    In all seriousness, I suppose (hope?) they did a structural evaluation to make sure the integrity of the bridge itself has not been compromised...

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    Quote Originally Posted by pmf View Post
    Boardwalk was open this morning! I didn't even spot any new boards, although my wife claimed she saw some.
    I noticed a couple of new boards - but seemingly a smaller area than the damage shown in photos posted online. I suspect NPS has a storage tank filled with spare boards marinating in slime that they draw on for Trollheim repairs

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    Quote Originally Posted by accordioneur View Post
    I noticed a couple of new boards - but seemingly a smaller area than the damage shown in photos posted online. I suspect NPS has a storage tank filled with spare boards marinating in slime that they draw on for Trollheim repairs
    "aesthetic consistency"

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    Quote Originally Posted by huskerdont View Post
    In all seriousness, I suppose (hope?) they did a structural evaluation to make sure the integrity of the bridge itself has not been compromised...
    NPS actually answered questions on Twitter about this and confirmed that structural engineers inspected the entirety of the bridge:

    https://twitter.com/NPSJennyAS/statu...85233194471427

    A rare moment of actual back and forth on social media from NPS. Would like to see more of it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by accordioneur View Post
    I noticed a couple of new boards - but seemingly a smaller area than the damage shown in photos posted online. I suspect NPS has a storage tank filled with spare boards marinating in slime that they draw on for Trollheim repairs
    Slime marinade. Yum, yum, yum.

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