Infrastructure Daily News 02.07.12

Transportation Sector

. February 6, Toledo Blade – (Ohio; West Virginia) Corrosion threat on Skyway bridge deck discovered. Grout packed into bundles of steel cables that compress together the concrete deck sections of the Veterans’ Glass City Skyway in Toledo, Ohio, may contain elevated levels of salts that would cause those cables to corrode prematurely, the grout’s manufacturer warned the Ohio Department of Transportation. The I-280 bridge over the Maumee River, which opened 5 years ago, is one of several dozen projects across the United States that used grout made at a Marion, Ohio, plant owned by Sika Corp. U.S. in which excessive chloride compounds, traced to cement the plant bought from an unnamed supplier, have been discovered. Also potentially affected is the Perry Street bridge in Napoleon, which carries State Rt. 108 over the Maumee and was replaced in 2005, the U.S. 33 bridge over the Ohio River between Pomeroy, Ohio, and Mason, West Virgina, and as many as eight other smaller bridges in Ohio. The planning and engineering administrator at the transportation department’s district office in Bowling Green, said about 30 projects were affected overall. In the worst case, transportation and company officials said, chloride presence would not create an imminent — or even short-term — safety hazard on the $273 million bridge built between 2002 and 2007. But there is the possibility, they said, that as the bridge ages, chloride in the grout could cause the cables — known formally as “posttensioning tendons” — to corrode and fail sooner than they otherwise would. Source: deck-discovered.html

. February 6, Reuters – (International) Carnival cruise ship passengers struck with virus. More than 100 people on board a cruise ship operated by a unit of Carnival Corp fell ill with a stomach virus, the latest setback facing the world’s biggest cruise company, which came under scrutiny last month for the Costa Concordia cruise ship disaster in Italy, Reuters reported February 6. Ninety passengers and 13 crew members on the Ruby Princess cruise ship contracted the Norovirus, a contagious gastrointestinal illness that causes vomiting and diarrhea for 1 to 3 days, a spokeswoman for Princess Cruises, a unit of Carnival, said in a statement. The Ruby Princess set sail from Fort Lauderdale, Florida, January 29 to the Caribbean and returned to Florida February 5, as scheduled. Another Carnival ship, the Crown Princess, was affected by the same virus last week, but it has been sanitized and has already embarked on its next cruise, the spokeswoman said. Source:

. February 4, Los Angeles Times – (Colorado; Nebraska; Iowa) Snowstorm causes accidents, outages in Colorado, Nebraska. A blizzard that had pummeled northeastern Colorado February 3 moved across Nebraska and into southwestern Iowa February 4, causing dozens of accidents on highways as visibility was reduced to nearzero in some places. The storm caused more than 600 flight cancellations February 3 at Denver International Airport. It also led to dozens of auto accidents across the region, none major, authorities said. With the snow, came an increased risk of avalanches east of the Continental Divide. The Colorado Avalanche Information Center said the new snow could “overwhelm the existing snowpack.” Because the snow was of the heavy, wet variety, it brought down tree limbs and power lines across Nebraska and hampered utility workers’ efforts to make repairs. More than 15,000 people were without power at one point February 4, but that number had been reduced to 6,000 by early evening, the Associated Press reported. Source:

. February 3, Bloomberg – (Texas) Houston Ship Channel pilots resume outbound transport after fog. Maritime pilots resumed some transport in Houston, the largest U.S. petroleum port, where 40 inbound ships were stalled because fog limited visibility February 3, the U.S. Coast Guard said. Maritime pilots began guiding vessels from the port through the Houston Ship Channel at 10 a.m. local time February 3 to clear dock space, a Coast Guard watch supervisor said. Transit to the ports of Galveston and Texas City resumed at 9 a.m. after pilots stopped operations due to fog at 10:20 a.m. February 2, he said. Source: traffic-because-of-fog.html For more stories, see items 4 and 7

Postal and Shipping Sector Nothing to report

Emergency Services Sector

. February 6, WFXT 25 Boston – (Massachusetts) Boston Police Dept. Web site still offline. Boston, Massachusetts police hope to have their Web site’s blog up and running later February 6 as they continue investigating into the hacking of their Web site. Last week, the group known as Anonymous claimed credit for posting videos and songs showing police brutality on the department’s site. The group said they did it in retaliation for the way the Boston Police Department treated Occupiers. Most of the site has been restored. Source: offline-20120206

36. February 5, KCPQ 13 Tacoma – (Washington) Prison fight leaves 4 correctional officers injured. Four correctional officers were injured late February 4 as they broke up a fight between inmates at the Washington State Penitentiary in Walla Walla. All four officers were treated and released from a local hospital. The assault occurred in one of the commons area of a unit in the prison’s West Complex. The complex is the prison’s second-most secure section, housing high-risk offenders. The offenders had been fighting with sharp, hand-crafted weapons. All four units in West Complex remained on lock-down February 5. Last week, another assault occurred in another unit of West Complex. The prisoners involved in the assault were placed in a segregation unit and are being interviewed by prison investigators and local law enforcement. Source: injured-20120205,0,2917839.story?hpt=ju_bn6

. February 4, CNN – (Alabama) Authorities: Suspect steals police car and kills officer before he is fatally shot. An Alabama robbery suspect fatally stabbed a police officer in jail, escaped in a stolen patrol car, and wounded another officer before he was killed, authorities said February 3. The chain of events started early February 3 when the suspect was in a store in Mobile, Alabama. The suspect was carrying a lighter and lighting fluid, he stormed the front counter of the store, and demanded money, said a spokeswoman for Mobile police. As the cashier frantically tried to open the register, he jumped on the counter and began spraying lighter fluid on the floor, triggering a blaze. An off-duty police officer happened to be shopping at the store and tackled the suspect, the spokeswoman said. He was taken to Mobile’s metro jail, where he was somehow able to stab and kill an officer and escape in a patrol car, police said. At some point during the manhunt for him, he abandoned the police car and hid under a home. The suspect shot another officer in the arm as police tried to apprehend him. That officer was treated and released from a hospital. After a standoff, he was shot and killed, police said. Source: index.html?hpt=ju_c2

. February 3, Oklahoma City Oklahoman – (National) Great Central U.S. ShakeOut earthquake drill drawing more participants in Oklahoma this year. More than four times as many Oklahomans have registered to participate in the Great Central U.S. ShakeOut earthquake drill as did last year. The drill was scheduled for 10:15 a.m. February 7, at which time individuals would simultaneously practice recommended earthquake safety actions. So far, about 47,000 Oklahomans have registered for the ShakeOut, in comparison to fewer than 10,000 in April, said a spokeswoman for the state emergency management department. The ShakeOut will take place in communities throughout the Central U.S. Earthquake Consortium member states of Alabama, Arkansas, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Mississippi, Missouri, and Tennessee. These are the states most at risk from damaging earthquakes along the New Madrid Seismic Zone. Source: in-oklahoma-thisyear/ article/3646013?custom_click=pod_headline_europe For another story, see item 47

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