Infrastructure Daily News 06.12.12

Transportation Sector

. June 11, Associated Press – (Colorado) Colorado replaces 49 obsolete bridges. Colorado replaced 49 bridges as part of a program to fix structures rated poor by inspectors, less than a third of the estimated 160 bridges that are considered risky. According to the Denver Post, the State Department of Transportation said some bridges were built in the 1920s and are buckling under the demands of modern car and truck traffic. Others were cracking and damaging vehicles with broken concrete. Source:

. June 11, Associated Press – (New Jersey) Water main break on Route 3 in northern New Jersey closes lanes, backs up traffic for miles. A water main break in northern New Jersey backed up traffic for miles on Route 3 June 11. The Associated Press reported crews were working to repair the pipe, which broke just east of Route 17 in East Rutherford and closed Route 3 eastbound. The State Transportation Department said lane closures were expected for much of the day. Source:– Water-Main-Break

. June 10, WBNS 10 Columbus – (Ohio) Port Columbus control tower evacuated because of ‘suspicious’ odor. According to airport officials, the Port Columbus International Airport control tower, in Columbus, Ohio, was evacuated June 10 due to a suspicious odor. An interim control tower at Indianapolis International Airport in Indianapolis took over control tower operations. Fire investigators reported to the tower and found no danger. The evacuation was lifted a short time later. Source: evacuated-strange-odor.html

. June 10, Craig Daily Press – (Colorado) Hazardous material spilled as result of crash near Dinosaur. A June 8 crash on Colorado Highway 64, in Rio Blanco County, resulted in the spill of hazardous material, the Colorado State Patrol reported June 10. A tractor driver was traveling west on the highway when he failed to negotiate a curve and his truck and trailer rolled over on the driver’s side. The tractor-trailer came to a rest off the south side of the roadway in a shallow ditch, the State patrol reported. It was hauling a dry box trailer with sodium hydroxide, and during the crash an unknown amount spilled into a shallow area. The driver had minor injuries and was treated at a hospital. Clean-up crews worked overnight to remove the tractor, trailer, and load from the scene. Highway 64 reopened June 9, about 18 hours after the crash. Source: crash-near-dinos/

. June 9, Appleton Post-Crescent – (Wisconsin) Chemical spill from tanker truck partially closes U.S. 41 near Appleton. All lanes of U.S. 41 northbound near Grand Chute, Wisconsin, were reopened June 11 after several local agencies, including the regional hazardous materials team, responded to a leak coming from a semi-trailer that stopped on the highway north of West Prospect Avenue/County BB. A semi driver notified the driver of a UPS Freight tandem trailer that the second trailer was leaking something onto the highway as it drove from Oshkosh, Wisconsin, to the Appleton area. About 100 gallons of methyl pyrrolidinone, a liquid with agricultural uses and also as an industrial lubricant that is combustible and an irritant, spilled on the highway after an apparent load shift caused another shipment to fall onto a 250-gallon plastic container surrounded by a metal cage, causing damage that led to the leak. No evacuation was needed because the truck stopped on the highway away from any buildings. Area hospitals were notified and people potentially exposed to the chemical were told to seek medical attention if they experienced any skin irritation or other health issues. Source: al-spill-from-tanker-truck-partially-closes-U-S-41-near-Appleton?odyssey=nav|head

. June 9, Oklahoma City Oklahoman – (Oklahoma) I-35 reopens after fuel spill. A major metro highway reopened after a fuel spill June 8 in Oklahoma closed it for more than 9 hours. The southbound to westbound lanes of I-35 were closed after a fuel truck overturned. Work crews cleaned up the fuel and reopened the lanes. The wreck occurred on a section of I-35 that runs consecutive with I-40 in southeast Oklahoma City. Source: For more stories, see items 31, 49, and 59

Postal and Shipping Sector

. June 8, Riverside Press-Enterprise – (California) Would-be mail thief prompts bomb scare. A would-be mail thief prompted a bomb scare June 8 outside the Perris Union High School District offices in Perris, California, authorities said. Someone reported a small, suspicious package on a blue U.S. Postal Service mailbox outside the offices, according to a Riverside County Sheriff’s Department news release. It was wrapped in electrical and duct tape and had two cords attached to it that were running into the mailbox slot. Deputies called in the sheriff’s hazardous device team. The area was cordoned off and workers in offices near the mailbox were evacuated to another part of the property. The package turned out to be harmless. The other ends of the cords were attached to a VHS tape covered in a sticky substance apparently intended to fish letters out of the mailbox. The would-be thief evidently had abandoned the effort, leaving his fishing device. Source: 20120608-perris-would-be-mail-thief-prompts-bomb-scare.ece For another story, see item 13

Of Interest

. June 9, Associated Press – (Washington, D.C.) FBI, police investigate SUV crash into DC building. Police in Washington, D.C. and the FBI were investigating what they believed was the intentional crash of an SUV into a Washington, D.C. office building June 9. WRC 4 Washington, D.C., reported the vehicle’s interior and the driver had been deliberately doused with gasoline. The Washington Post reported the vehicle was carrying at least one container of gasoline. A FBI spokeswoman confirmed June 11 that members of its Joint Terrorism Task Force responded. The building in the city’s business district has a mix of offices, retail shops, and restaurants. One floor above where the vehicle crashed, a restaurant was crowded with evening diners. Source: building/

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