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Discussion in 'Off Topic' started by doubletap007, Oct 21, 2013.

  1. doubletap007

    doubletap007 Beaverton Active Member

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    Does anyone know why the new bridge on Glencoe rd & hwy26 has what looks like prison towers built into it? If you zoom in it appears that there are bars on the windows like a prison tower and I cannot figure for the life of me why these towers are necessary on a bridge like this other than say....Martial law? Speed checking for cops maybe? but I can picture this being for Martial law and closing the hwy to thru traffic in the near future. Enlighten me please anyone who knows the purpose. 99229ffc-9e1b-45b3-ba5c-a9d1c6bd75bd_zps9aa2a234.png aac0532f-c365-4fd8-a3fa-733d381949d0_zpsb974d819.png 972222_165010500333377_1070144664_n_zps6710c133.jpg 3140e8ad-8385-46f1-899b-07d91a20bf56_zpsfaa76746.png
     
  2. U201491

    U201491 Well-Known Member

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    No idea. Pics too small to tell what they are for..
     
  3. deadeye

    deadeye Albany,OR. Moderator Staff Member

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    The way it looks it could be for access to the area under the bridge. Looks like they walled off the upper portion of the embankment to eliminate transient condo's.
     
  4. billyinfinity

    billyinfinity Portland All pie, all the time. 2015 Volunteer

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    maybe they are stairwells/elevators leading to secret underground bunkers for the evil politicians to meet up and discuss their new world order....or maybe they are control towers for the drones the big bad gubment is going to use to spy on you...or maybe they're going to house cameras looking in all directions to read everyone's license plates so that they can track your movements. if you don't feed your paranoia, it will never grow. :paranoid:
     
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  5. Swedish K

    Swedish K SW Washington Moderator Staff Member

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    could be an access port for inspections if they walled off the bridge joints to avoid homeless housing under the bridge, maybe traffic camera towers, or possibly vents/ access ports for utility vaults/runs under the bridge. Hard to tell from the small pics or without seeing them in person or on blueprints. Years ago when I worked for DOT you could go to the state archives and look at the plans/prints for any given section of road/bridge but with the post 9/11 world they may have made them less accessible.
     
  6. U201491

    U201491 Well-Known Member

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    Kind of what I was thinking.
    A lot of utility cabling and piping within the bridge. The rest aesthetics.
     
  7. Certaindeaf

    Certaindeaf SE Portland Well-Known Member

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    That is one tiny pic.
    On a bridge over by Astoria there's these little bump-outs, much like that.. they are great for shelter from the wind and rain since that's what they were originally designed for.
     
  8. ZA_Survivalist

    ZA_Survivalist Oregon AK's all day.

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    Theyre much to small to fit a man. Well a real man anyway.
    I pass by there often. I think it was a way for them to piss away money and perhaps palce traffic cams in. One of the small towers doesnt have any bars as all so no idea there.
     
  9. Ironbar

    Ironbar Tigard, OR Well-Known Member

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    Instead of asking us, why don't you ask the civil engineers of the governing body that had the bridge constructed? It seems you'd get a straighter answer instead of a bunch of speculation.
     
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  10. Sling Blade

    Sling Blade Yamhill County Well-Known Member

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    That's crazy talk. :laugh:
     
  11. teflon97239

    teflon97239 Portland, OR Well-Known Member

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    - Somebody's pocketing an obscene "bonus" for making that endless project take way too damn long.

    - The new center island in the road making it impossible to turn south out of the Arco station is a straight-up PITA.

    - Those little "guard towers" will probably become permanent photo/radar gun emplacements. Another big plus.