I can hear the truck driver now, "Well, dang I really thought it would fit under the bridge..." Well, if the Glenville town officials and the police chief have their way, that explanation would be met with fines and tickets. Personally, I think they should take a different approach and make the bridge famous like the one in North Carolina.

Town Supervisor Chris Koetzle says in the past three years, Glenville's Glenridge Road rail bridge has been hit by large trucks almost 40 times according to News10. There were almost another 50 times that a large truck stopped in-time before becoming the train bridge's latest victim in the last three years, but even though they didn't hit the bridge police had to be called out to direct traffic while they backed out of the predicament they had gotten themselves into.

The bridge only offers 10' 11" of clearance for trucks and there are 14 Department of Transportation signs that warn of this before the bridge. You'd think that would be enough for most people to realize if they keep going under the bridge their truck is going to open up like a giant can opener hit it.

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Right now if Glenville police ticket the driver of a truck that hits the bridge, it's a $150 ticket and the money goes to the state. Town Supervisor Chris Koetzle would like to see it become a town ordinance with a fine as high as $500. That money would stay local and help pay for resources that, hopefully, would stop trucks from hitting the bridge.

This whole situation reminds me of the "World Famous 11FOOT8 bridge in North Carolina. There are a bunch of YouTube videos of a bunch of trucks hitting this train bridge. It's so famous it even has its own website www.11foot8.com. It's called the "Canopener Bridge" and the videos are crazy. Maybe this is what Glenville needs to do with the Glenridge Road rail bridge to make it into a local attraction, build a website, sell t-shirts, or I guess they could like, just try to stop trucks from hitting it with warning signs.

 

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