On Bridges and Time

West Side Stories – On Bridges and Time
 
“I jumped out of my car, locked my car and I ran towards the victims to see if we could help anybody, but the only thing you could see were the car lights in the front. It’s totally smashed, almost to the ground,” witness Susan Bermudez said. “There was only one girl that survived.” As reported by CBS News.
 
Watching the evening news there are more stories of heroism and people helping others in need. The report goes on to talk about how the bridge construction.
 
The method used for this bridge known as
Accelerated Bridge Construction or ABC for short.
• The Federal Highway Administration defines ABC as “bridge construction that uses innovative planning, design, materials, and construction methods in a safe and cost-effective manner to
reduce the onsite construction time that occurs when building new bridges or replacing and rehabilitating existing bridges.”
 
The benefits of this type of construction outlined by the FHA are
ABC improves:
o Site Constructability
o Total project delivery time
o Work-zone safety for the traveling public
• ABC reduces:
o Traffic Impacts
o Onsite construction time
o Weather-related time delays
 
With yesterday’s tragedy in mind the glaring tenant that the builders violated is “work-zone safety for the traveling public”.
 
When I read the description of this construction method I am left believing that cost reduction and speed of delivery are the primary reason to use this construction method.
 
Another topic that is not discussed is the longevity of the structure using the ABC method. Again, I am left believing that long term thinking about how safe the bridge will be in 5, 10, or 100 years in the future.
 
Research on the history of bridges shows that arched bridges built during the Roman Empire are still standing and in daily use. While looking for information on how long it took to build those bridges the only reference is that “it took many years”.
 
 
In my business, Sellers and listing agents are often in a hurry to get a house “listed and on the market”. Often without taking time to properly prepare the house for sale.
 
The rush to quick results often leads to bad results.
 
How often when looking at real estate websites do you see photos that are obviously taken by a “rush around real estate agent” with their cell phone?
 
I saw one photo the other day that had the homeowner’s baby laying on the bed. “I’ll take one of those, please.”
 
While the results aren’t life-threatening they are financially threating in that the Seller will see inferior results meaning a lower price for their home.
 
Have you experienced bad results by rushing to action?  tell me your story.

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