Monday, June 10, 2024

When Mother Nature Rumble Road Builders Need To Be Aware


Humans may be the apex construction engineers
But their rule often lasts only until the forces of Mother Nature appear
In Wyoming on a road traversing Teton Pass that is 17 miles long
A huge chuck of the road collapsed in landslide force that was very strong
Fortunately no one was on the highway when a portion fell to the ground hundreds of feet below
But the highway departments of Idaho and Wyoming have a tough task to repair the surrounding ski resorts before they are covered in snow
Sadly the lessoned to be learned is that no matter how strong or well-engineered a project can be
When Mother Nature in a destructive mode rumbles it can become only a distant memory
We mere humans can only hope we have warning to be able to safely flee
And can rebuild it much stronger so enough collapse is less likely we will soon again see

© 6/10/2024 Michael P. Ridley aka The Alaskanpoet

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