New Braunfels Herald Zeitung, February 20, 2001, Page 3

New Braunfels Herald Zeitung

February 20, 2001

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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - February 20, 2001, New Braunfels, Texas February 2001 HERALDZEITUNG Page 3A Many of nations bridges faltering Study finds 29 percent deficient WASHINGTON AP More than a quar ter of the nations bridges are too dilap idated or overburdened for their current traf according to federal records that detail an American road system that hasnt kept pace with a booming Dramatic stories of spans with falling con crete or weak supports abound across the even though the government has spent billions on repairs over the last few an Associated Press computer analysis of the records School buses in Washington County in southwestern Alabama seeking to lower their weight used to have to stop at one end of a decaying let children off to walk across the and pick them up on the other the buses drive 15 extra miles a day to avoid the bridge We said many times we ought to be ashamed of ourselves for letting that said Sonny assistant executive direc tor of the Association of County Commissions of In a bridge over Thompsons Creek was hastily put back in not after floodwaters washed it To officials put new limits on the weight of trucks crossing the It would not make any structural engineer comfortable to look at the state engineer Gill Gautreau And in softballsized chunks of con crete routinely break off the Interstate 70 viaduct near the citys Its just falling firefighter John Afshar They clean up the mess pretty The AP computer analysis of Federal High way Administration records found of bridges or 29 percent were rat ed by the government as deficient as of Thats a slight improvement from four years earlier when 31 percent of bridges were deemed defined as structures that either require repairs or are too narrow or weak to handle the traffic that must use the bridges to get from place to There has been some but the numbers are quite Theres certainly a long way to said Frank research director for The Road Information a transportation group funded by construction and manufacturing Three states Rhode Island and Massachusetts report more than half of their bridges are rated as Few deficient bridges are in danger of col though there have been a few recent In October a section of pavement on Lees Bridge across the Sudbury River in Mass achusetts collapsed without No one was but the bridge was closed for Even before the heavy trucks were banned from the welltraveled In ceremonies Saturday marked the reopening of the southbound lanes of the Hoan Bridge over Milwaukees Lake Michigan The bridge had been closed since December after cracks were found in two of the three girders supporting a section of the north bound The southbound which have been now carry twoway traf Many bridges deemed deficient simply fail to meet current safety such as the width of Such narrow bridges further clog already crowded Any time you have a rutted or inadequate ly maintained it can slow down it can present a safety and if you let it go too you have to undergo major main American Automobile Association spokesman Stephen Hayes In a fractured beam caused the Silver Bridge over the Ohio River to killing 46 That tragedy ushered in a federal bridge Inspection Spans under scrutiny Of the bridges inspected as of 29 percent were deemed deficient by the A structure whether covered bridge or massive suspension span is rated based on the findings of who look for general deterioration and design elements that may not be able to handle increases in Signs of a dated design Increases in traffic may have outpaced the load that the bridge was designed to The vertical clearance of older bridges may be less than todays standard 16 6 I railings are but older railings could give way to a crashing Approaching roadway may be too sharply or widened too much to accommodate increased traffic Like a wire that breaksr when repeatedly bent back and beams and reinforcements can weaken under repetitive Inspectors look for signs of such as hairline Inspectors use snooper trucks to visually check I less accessible j parts of the structure for general i such as rust Dragging a heavy chain across the road inspectors listen for a hollow sound ttiat indicates Some crews now use S thermography Devices that detect heat Divers may be used to check for underwater corrosion and scouring erosion of the riverbed around concrete On suspension cable tension Is a good indicator of the forces acting on a bridge or whether its position has Judging a bridges health K Deterioration in the structure could show up as j hairline or when concrete crumbles away from its interior steel v SOURCES Federal Highway Administration Dave Wyoming Department of Transportation Stan Wisconsin DOT James New York State DOT Jurgensen Bush dedicates bombing museum OKLAHOMA CITY AP Offering a simple God President Bush on Monday dedicated a museum devoted to the Oklahoma City recalling the horror of the deadliest terrorist attack on soil and the heroic The time for mourning may have butthe time for remembering never Bush said before joining Frank Keating in the official open ing of the Oklahoma City National Memorial The memorial is near the site where a powerful truck bomb sliced into the Alfred Murrah Federal Building in April killing 168 19 of them At an outdoor Bush quoted Be not overcome with but overcome evil with He said the memorial may not ease the pain of the bombing but it can encourage the nation to keep its obligation to confront evil wherever and whenever it manifests Your loss was great and your pain was but far greater and deeper was your care for one Bush That is what Bush toured the museum with his and afterward they signed white tiles to be added to a guest registry on one Bush signed his name and God while the first lady wrote With love and her The Bushes stopped first at a wall showing a montage of pictures from ordi nary days at the building before the They stood grimfaced before a gallery of photos and mementoes of the This is my daughter said tour guide Jeannine pointing to a picture b of victim Karen displayed with one of Carrs business cards and a snapshot of her car with a Please its my That was really a hard to pick out something that represented some bodys Gist told the who nodded Obituaries REMMLER Hilmar Remmler of New Braunfels passed away Sat at Eden Home in New Braunfels at the age of 78 Remmler was born to Peter Remmler and Hertha Jentsch Remmler on in Smithson He married Norma Moehrig on July at First Protestant Church in New Remmler was a lifelong resident of Comal a member of Faith United Church of Christ in New member of Post American Legion Post 179 and Hermann Sons He is survived by his Norma Remmler two THORNELL Betty Thornell passed away at the McKenna Memorial Hospital at the age of She was born to Emma Ziegelt Harmon and Sidney Har mon on in She was pre ceded in death by her hus Elton Thornell in 1978 a Sharon Harvey in 1992 and a broth Sidney Harmon in She is survived by her lov ing children daughters Dana Clary and her and Robin Gladden sons Elton Thornell Ralph Thornell and his Shirley and a James Harvey and his Norma sister Judy and brothers Henry and Gene Funeral Services grandchildren Kimber Jessica and Joseph greatgrandchil dren MiUicent and Christo pher and many loving Funeral services will be held at 9 at the ZoeUer Funeral Home chapel with the Wilburn Taylor offi Interment to follow at 2 in the Woodlawn Cemetery in Pallbearers will be Greg Cer Joseph David Ricky Jason Bill Don Sullivan and Walter Winkle Nelson Remmler and and Larry Remmler and Doni daughter Darlene Raderstorf and hus all of New Braunfels four grandchildren and two Visitation will begin at 8 Tuesday and will con tinue until noon Wednesday at Doeppenschmidt Funeral The family will receive friends from 6 to Tuesday Funeral services are sched uled for 2 at Faith Unit ed Church of Christ in New Braunfels with the Lee Zillmann Burial will be at Guadalupe Memorial Memorials can be made to Hospice New Braunfels or Faith United Church of Christ Building Doeppenschmidt Funeral Home Questions plague pardon WASHINGTON AP Former President Clintons latest explanation for his pardon of Marc Rich raises more questions than it say critics intent out whether political donations and con nections aided the fugitive financiers The former presidents lastminute pardon of who has lived in Switzer land since fleeing a 1983 indictment on tax evasion and other has prompted congressional hearings and a federal The sugges tion that I granted the par dons because Richs for mer made political contributions and contributed to the Clinton library foundation is utter ly Clinton wrote in an opinion column in The New York NEW BKAUNFBLS HERALDZEITUNG Published on Sunday morn ings and weekday mornings Tuesday through Tuesday by the New Braunfels Herald Zeitung USPS 377880 707 Landa or Drawer New Comal Texas Periodical postage paid by the New Braunfels HeraldZeitung in New Carrier delivered in Comal and Guadalupe counties three six one Senior Cit izen Discounts by carrier deliv ery only six one Mail delivery out side Comal County in Texas three six one Mail outside Texas six one Subscribers who have not received a newspaper by 6 Tuesday through Tuesday and by 7 Tuesday and Sun day can call 830 Postmaster Send address changes to the New Braunfels Drawer New DE LA CRUZ Olegaria Lala De La Cruz of Texas passed away at the age of A Rosary will be recited at 7 Wednesday at the funeral Funeral Mass is scheduled for 2 Thurs day at the Holy Family Catholic Interment will follow in Holy Cross Public visitation will begin at 11 Wednes day and will continue until Thursday when the funeral departs in procession to the TEXAS CLINIC Flu Shots Its not too Walk Ins Welcome Next to Kmart 8306292273 er FUNERAL HOME er HOME Betty Thornell Funeral services are sched uled for 9 today at the Zoeller Funeral Home chapel with interment to follow at 2 in the Woodlawn Cemetery in Lillian Weese Funeral services are scheduled for 1 today at Zoeller Funeral Home with burial to fol low in Guadalupe Valley Memorial Elfrieda Guenther Graveside services are scheduled for 2 today at Comal Clayton Miller Funeral services are sched uled for at First Baptist Church in New Downtown Parade Civic Center Dinner Dance 7PM10PM Call 830 6430589 or 830 QOG0729 Attention Diabetic Patients Biomechanical Foptwear provides unsurpassed comfort and protection thanks to unique features such as removable Gel Orthotics and BioRocker Medicare pays 80 of the charges and most coinsurance and Medicaid pay the 20 The Leading Provider of Home Health Equipment in Central Texas Professional Medical 386A Landa New TX 8306089577 aaczc ;

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