Bridge managers dismiss ice bombs as “Act of God”

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The managers of the Port Mann Bridge are dismissing claims they’re liable for so-called ‘ice bombs’ hitting several vehicles, days after the new crossing was opened to traffic.

Documents filed by lawyers for the Transportation Investment Corporation claim the falling ice in December of 2012 was an act of God, resulting from extreme and ‘unforseeable’ environmental conditions.

Civil action has been taken by two people injured when their vehicles were damaged.

They believe more could have been done during construction of the bridge to prevent hat happened.

Hundreds of claims were eventually filed with ICBC.

T-I’s Max Logan says a system was installed last year to keep traffic flowing during winter storms, so there weren’t any problems this past winter.

Comments

  1. Typical fiberal cronies… “it’s not our fault”
    Keep paying our exorbitant salaries.
    It’s interesting that after the proper equipment was installed, there were no more issues… sure seems to be your fault.

  2. “Documents filed by lawyers for the Transportation Investment Corporation claim the falling ice in December of 2012 was an act of God, resulting from extreme and ‘unforseeable’ environmental conditions.”

    Call it what it really is. An oversight on the part of design engineers. If Port Mann bridge wins this justice is sorely lacking.

  3. So what happened to the report that the designer of the bridge included a feature ( heated coils ?) that would prevent ice build up on the cables … and the Bridge owners decided to save money and not install this recommended feature ?

    Seems to mean that I also read that other bridges had seen similar problems before the new Port Mann bridge opened

    All in all a pretty thin defense !

  4. Act of God? Snow is not an act of god, in terms of whom to place the blame.
    I’d think they’d have claim the snowfall was extraordinary, which it wasn’t. Surrey gets snow in the winter. Having the cables collect the snow, partially melt and refreeze, then drop onto vehicles, cracking windshields is just plain stupidity or lack of foresight on the part of the bridge engineers. Wondering how they planned to deal with icicles…let them impale folks…

  5. If the ice bombs were an Act of God, so was the entire PMHIP. Next thing will be an Act of God being responsible for a new bottleneck rapidly developing from Grandview Highway and the North Shore on Hwy 1.

    Piece-meal highway infrastructure planning and construction simply moves the bottleneck from the Port Mann bridge to another portion of Hwy 1-and to other toll-free crossings.

    TREO is not exactly known as a pillar of public relations expertise. Wait for the public outrage when something else goes wrong.

    TREO is trying very hard to emulate Translink as another public relations disaster. And it is succeeding.

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