OK, what happens when there is too much truck and too little road? Above you see a double semi that came in contact with the center median on the eastbound Cross Bronx by the Sheridan one Sunday morning in 1999. As you can see, the nose was sheered clean off in the mishap. The highway curves to the right there, and is actually pitched inward, a throwback to the highway's original design. Not a good idea, but why was a double semi in the left hand lane anyhow?
Now look at the following 2 pictures. Both were taken on the Henry Hudson Parkway's southbound exit at west 158th street. Now tell me, what is wrong with these pictures?
Have you figured it out yet? Well of course no trucks are allowed on the Henry Hudson Parkway, but once in awhile a lost soul wanders on as was in the case with the big rig from Quebec above. In the picture at the top, you can see he took the turn too close and both his rear trailer wheels hit the guardrail, taking it right out of the ground. This caused all 4 of his right trailer tires to blow out, and you know what that means. Forget the 4 new tires, thats actually the least of his worries. He has to pay authorized tow to sit there for hours on end until the tires arrive. Then he has to pay them and only them to install them, as no other company may tow or make any repairs on a limited access highway because of NYC's bidding system. In addition, our friends at Highway 1 left him several autographed pieces of paper to commemorate the event. The charges consisted of
OK, here is one of my personal favorites:
Here you can see what happens when a fully loaded semi attempts to travel south on the Henry Hudson Parkway approaching West 252nd street. Yes friends, he ran out of room--literally. Though you cannot see it from the picture, he grazed the overpass by Fieldston Road and that clued him in that he could never make the overpass lying ahead. Want to guess how he got out of this situation? Yours truly back his 1977 Cadillac off the ''on ramp'' which is to the right of the picture. I then held up traffic and the trucker was able to drive his rig off the highway using said ''on ramp'',thereby cheating HWY 1 out of a plethora of tickets :-)
Lets go across the river, just for a moment, to see a truck that flipped on route 80 east in Paterson, N.J.
As you can see, the driver of this big rig failed to negotiate the bad right hand curve that leads from route 20 onto 80 east.
In late March 2004 I was driving into NYC early on a Sunday morning.I was just coming off the upper level GWB half asleep when all of a sudden in the left hand Westbound lane is the trailer section of a tractor trailer sitting unattended
I snapped this pic, then quickly called the PAPD from one of those little yellow phoneboxes you see from time to time and they dispatched a radio car in less than 2 minutes.
Above: you cannot bring a truck onto the Brooklyn Bridge. I know of at least one New Yorker who was unaware of this, and you can see the result above.This was causing quite a traffic jam, and the only way to get him out was to shut off the entire inbound bridge and back him off. I could not do this myself, so I proceeded off the bridge and alerted 2 NYPD officers on the security checkpoint at the Pearl Street exit.
Above: This out of town trucker brought his rig onto the Northbound Hutch and whacked the Westchester Ave overpass. It seems it was the drivers first day driving for this company,which was based in FL. He was unaware that he was not allowed on the Hutch, and ripped his trailer to shreds. He bolted out of the cab and ran from the scene before police arrived, so it would be safe to say he no longer works for that trucking company. As many of you know, the Westchester Ave bridge is quite low on both sides--the Northbound side has a 10'6'' clearance and it is not uncommon for truckers to come off the whitestone Bridge and wander onto the Hutch. NYC put up 17 signs before this low bridge, warning truckers to get off the parkway, yet truckers continued to hit the bridge. The next idea was to put a series of lights on the base of the arch, and the idea was that truckers driving at night would see these lights and stop in time. The actual result was that every light was knocked off the bridge by misplaced truckers. OK, so what does the city do? They spend an enormous amount of money and install a ''overheight vehicle sensor warning system''. Essentially a sensor has been embedded at the side of the road and calibrated to a specific height, lets say 9'2''. Anytime a vehicle higher then 9' 2'' passes the sensor, it triggers a HUGE sign that is suspended across the highway that says something like ''YOU ARE OVERHEIGHT!! EXIT 100 FEET LOW BRIDGE AHEAD!!'' The sign is similar to the ones in Yankee Stadium or on the Whitestone Bridge. I cannot hazard a guess how much money was squandered on this system, but it went into operation on or about January 2004. For a few months all was quiet, but this morning as I approached the Westchester ave bridge I saw that the top of a trailer had been peeled off and was lying next to the roadway.This was a fresh acident, having happened less then 24 hours ago!! Can you believe that truckers are ignoring that new million dollar sensor?