Tuesday, July 30, 2013

The Mysterious Hinsdale NH Selectmen Meeting

I want to get into the selectmen room to take these picture, but the front door is locked. I didn't want to make a scene with asking. I settled for taking the picture at the selectman's entrance outside door. This is the door we all use to go to the weekly selectman's meeting. 

(So here is a series of comments I made about the selectman’s meeting last night. I like this site because they date and time stamp my entries…I have no control to correct or withdraw what I submit. It is like my diary. I hate the anonymous commenters on the board.  Basically they called me in as a warning that I need to take down my signs when I leave the bridge.)

...Flucking idiot, the signs came down Friday.

The selectmen kept yelling in the future tense...them signs now on the bridge got to come down. One said I seen it Saturday...I chided them you don't keep very current with events in town.
I didn't take them down( signs)!
So the game would go, mike you now got the floor…then they would interrupt me in a minute to castigate me with an issue they had no proof and I didn’t do.

I complained about the interruption and the unprofessional near yelling at me, the constant interruptions to me….finally the chairmen said ok you got ten minutes. Three minutes into my ten minutes, there they go again with interrupting me. I never got my ten minutes either!
The ex police chief was shushed by the chairman as he began yelling at me…

They told me it was illegal to jump the guard rail…this is what I mean by you got to stay accurate. You can’t berate  me on a activity that is not illegal like the police do. I got a right to cross that road.

They went over and over with me protesting in the road (on the dangerous side of the guard rail)…I said I don’t do that. I just cross the road with my junk and people call in that I am out their protesting. Then another one would jump right in again saying, the “Build New Bridge” signs hanging on the bridge right now have to come down. I say, that is exactly what I am talking about with haranguing and trying to intimidate me on a issue, it has to be accurate or I am going to call you on it. They was no bridge signs hanging up at this time.

They were seething with anger even before I got up to speak…

There were seething with anger with me bringing in signs.

They were apolexic I brought these two signs in. I intentionally came in a half an hour early. They allowed me cuts in the line to just get me out of there and not letting other towns people see my signs.

“The Hinsdale, NH Family Killer Bridge”

“NH State: No New Bridge For 50 years”

I brought in my halo and my ten pounds of giant bridge rust flakes. I brought into the selectman meeting half of the bridge in pieces with me. I kept twirling two giant flakes high up air in my fingers…they were all looking at these flakes as I was waiting to address the selectmen.

So I hear. Mike, it is all yours…to begin my speech and presentation. I really didn’t know why I was called.

I had my ten pounds of rust flakes on in a open pile on some cloth. I was about 10 feet from where I was supposed to talk. I begin to drag my props over for my presentation…I hear a snarky and demeandingly: mike, mike we’ve seen that all before, don’t bring that over here. His tone was in a tightly controlling and in a bullying manner. It is my presentation what is he getting involved with controlling me.
They bullied and tried to intimidate me all through the meeting...
He finality asked me the big question; Mike, say you were entering Hinsdale for the first at those bridges. What would you think if you were those people with all your signs? What would you think about Hinsdale.

I said, I’d be thinking something big is wrong with the selectman office…
I said over and over; I think the “Hinsdale police are heroes” and they aren’t paid enough for the risk they take in protecting us.
Assessment: these guys would look like dopes and cronies if there was an open forum about the bridge with me.

None of them are fast on their thinking feet…
So I am wondering: the Hinsdale selectman say the bridge safety is totally a function of the NHDOT. So why isn’t bridge signing a total function of the NHDOT.

Why couldn’t  Hinsdale ignored the bridge signing ordinance in this case as showing contempt for the NHDOT?

They kept asking me over and over again, did I get the NHDOT permission to place my signs on the bridge.

Again, over and over again asking me, did you put up those signs on the bridge? I gave them a ,“on advice from my lawyers I am not allowed to discuss this”.

Then a, “I plead the fifth”…
...I think ex police chief Gallagher knows more than he admits…he is pulling the strings on his department he held for many years.

The police and selectman are in a conspiracy with  the leading of the ex-police chief…there is ongoing police investigation and quasi legal hunting to find evidence against me.
They all are little leaguers!
So on my first meeting with the Hinsdale selectman I brought a lap top with all my pictures in it. I wanted all the selectmen to scroll down and look at all my pictures. After the first picture, the chairmen said I’d seen enough…and that was the end of bridge picture looking with the Hinsdale selectmen. The ex police chief said, I did a bridge inspection of my own , and the bridge is safe. There is no way to access what the chief seen…did he pick and choose what he wanted to see. Because he was using his town stature to declare the bridge safe?

I requested all the selectmen to take a site tour and bridge inspection with me from the get go…not one has yet took a tour with me.

So everyone knows the conditions are so ugly surrounding those bridge, most of the citizenry, selectmen, MHDOT, the legislator and state governor’s office don’t want to come down to get a look see with me.

The whole deal is about a widespread hiding their heads in a hole Ostridge mentality… no funding for the bridge for decades and political consequences if they had to shutdown the bridge, restrict passage or weight of the bridge. If they put a restriction on the bridge or shut it down, the consequence of this would be much larger than if a bridge collapse happens and mass casualties. What is left is document inspection falsification and acting as a Ostridge to fill in the gap…everyone wants to stay away for the bridge because they can’t do anything positive with the bridge.

Everyone wants to talk about my provocative signs instead of the conditions of these bridges…

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

“The Route 119 Hinsdale, NH Family Killer Bridge“

From: Jacqueline Dagesse
To: Michael Mulligan
Sent: Tuesday, July 30, 2013 9:00 AM
Subject: Re: Hinsdale, NH New Bridge Pubic Comment

Hi Michael,
We appreciate your comments.

Thank you,
Jacqueline Dagesse, MBA, CPESC, PMP
Environmental Engineer
EIV Technical Services
55 Leroy Rd., Suite 15
Williston, VT 05495

On Thu, Jul 25, 2013 at 2:22 PM, Michael Mulligan <steamshovel2002@yahoo.com> wrote:
Dear Jacqueline Dagesse,
Could you place my attachment into the comment section of the Hinsdale, NH Route 119 Transportation Corridor public meeting documentation?
Mike Mulligan
Hinsdale, NH

Selective enforcement of Hinsdale's zoning ordinance. Taken on July 29 at 3pm. Hinsdale selectmen are going headhunting on me.

You guys get it, we are entering a nightmare. Both the state and the feds are powerless to help us. The good guys just are powerless to help the weak and vulnerable.

Obama calls for infrastructure investment as economic tour continues

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- President Barack Obama used the Port of Jacksonville as a backdrop for his latest economic policy speech, using an infrastructure project there to illustrate his call for greater investment in similar projects.
In his third economy-driven speech in two days, Obama mixed policy initiatives with barbs leveled at Republicans in Congress, whom he blamed for slowing infrastructure investments. 
"We know strong infrastructure is a key ingredient to a thriving economy," Obama said, citing the need, for instance, to prepare ports like Jacksonville's for oncoming "supertanker" shipments. "Unfortunately, over the past few years, too many folks have been cutting these investments in Washington."

The president's speech was otherwise a litany of initiatives familiar to any listener of his speeches on Wednesday during stops in Illinois and Missouri. Obama continued to push his message of middle-class growth through more government investment in infrastructure. But his criticism of congressional Republicans took on a somewhat sharper tone as he accused them of worsening gridlock in the nation's capital...
The New Hinsdale Bridge project has a public meeting at the Windham Regional Career Center on Aug 1 6 pm. It is the pretty Loriella letter.
Dear Jacqueline Dagesse, 
Could you place my attachment into the comment section of the Hinsdale, NH Route 119 Transportation Corridor public meeting documentation? 

Mike Mulligan
Hinsdale, NH
I proofed this so many times...I still got mistakes in it. So I am fixing what "i can see". Sorry!
The walkway under structure goes like this. Large metal brackets are attacked to the bridge. Two metal c-beams run parallel to the bridge and bolted to the brackets. Two by six boards are bolted to the c-beams through the length of the bridge. Then the top wooded planks are nailed to the 2 by 6s.
The 2 by 6s seem to be in good shape.
I am all confused with the bridge inspector talking about screws and metal beams underneath.
Was he saying the 2 by 6s were rotting?
I just think they were just too lazy to re-nail the top wooden planks to the 2 by 6s. The don’t waste money on Hinsdale and those bridges anymore attitude.
Those brackets holding up sidewalks are in dangerously corroded condition…
Right, they can't use those bridge inspection vehicles with a long hydraulic arm and a personal basket on this bridge... 
Dear Loriella Babkirk,

What a pretty first name!

 I received a copy of your e-mail titled "RE: Brattleboro/ Hinsdale Bridge" dated July 8, 2013 a few days ago. The documents were placed anonymously on the open front seat of my car at the approach of the Route 119 Brattleboro. Actually, I got the Vermont and NH state DOT officials’ response to youy letter also with all the attachments. You haven’t seen the truth in these official state responses and their documents.

 By the way, could somebody send me through e-mail those NHDOT bridge inspection reports and photos stated in the attachments please…the five attachments?

You know, everyone’s got to start buckling up here right now. This ride is going to get goddamn rough.

I am the guy at the Route 119 Hinsdale bridges blessing you and everyone else who passes this area. Have you recently seen me dressed up with my nice halo as a bridge safety angel? I am warning all of the lands with an impending bridge collapse or closure in the near future. It is going to be an economic, individual and multi community catastrophe.

As you know, I have spent considerable time at the bridge this year. This is my third year working on this project. I am the talk of the town in Hinsdale...mostly positive and a few even threatening harm to me. Most of Hinsdale thinks I have really gone overboard with my halo and blue angel get-up. Pictures of pathetic me wearing a halo are on my blog! See pictures on my blog!

I would consider our grossly technically obsolete 1921 and dangerously degraded bridge…engineers language… being a “super fracture critical” bridge! The collapsed I35 Minneapolis Bridge was built in 1964 and the I-5 Skagit River Bridge was built in 1955. The Hinsdale/Brattleboro Bridges were built in 1921. The Concord, NH Sewalls Falls road bridge five miles north of Concord, NH was built in 1915. This is the future of our bridge.   

NTSB 2007 Investigation into the Minneapolis I35 Bridge Collapse 
“NTSB findings:

Because the deck truss portion of the I-35W bridge was non-load-path redundant, the total collapse of the deck truss was likely once the gusset plates at the U10 nodes failed.

Non-load-path-redundant: The condition where fracture of an individual structural element (a fracture-critical element) could lead to a partial or total collapse of the entire bridge. A bridge that is non-load-path-redundant is not inherently unsafe, but it does lack redundancy in the design of its support structure. Such bridges are sometimes referred to as fracture critical. The I-35W bridge was of a non-load-path-redundant design.”

I will speak plainly to you. I think the NH bridge inspection process is severely corrupted. The NHDOT roads and bridges budget has been severely restrained for many years now. NH got a huge back log of projects. We are never going to catch up to our responsibilities.  They don't have enough money to keep the 1921 Hinsdale Bridge functional and up to date with maintenance considering the growth of traffic and large trucks. So these guys just close their eyes to Hinsdale. The NHDOT fear the enormous political fallout if they are forced to restrict flow of the traffic or close the bridge. NHDOT fears more the approximate $35 million dollar cost with the replacement bridge.

New Hampshire and their NHDOT are in existentialism’s vice between money limitations and vital societal pubic needs. It ends up as a disproportional war against small town and rural New Hampshire from the powerful well-heeled and high population areas. An unfair and severely unsafe proportion of the NHDOT budgets (and stimulus) has been going to the powerful well healed Concord, Nashua and our NH golden seacoast corridor triangle. This is Boston’s exurbia bedroom community within New Hanshire. That blood sucking sound you hear is all the big southeast NH transportation projects stealing our hopes and dreams from us…the jobs and transportation resources from rural NH.

Our Route 119 Hinsdale/Brattleboro Bridge is tragically obsolete and fracture critical. I keep thinking about the disgusting bent, corroded gusset and the deeply displaced vertical member caused by a vehicle crash on our bridge. How  come that wasn’t ever repaired. This indicates a profound agency attitude with valuing human life and infrastructure engineering integrity.

‘I-5 Bridge listed as 'fracture critical'

Columbia River span could collapse if hit with big enough blow
Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Both spans of the Interstate 5 Bridge over the Columbia River are considered "fracture critical" by the Oregon Department of Transportation, meaning if one crucial part of the bridge sustains a big enough blow, the bridge could collapse.

In it, the I-5 Columbia River Bridge is categorized as a bridge without safety redundancies or backups that would prevent it from collapsing if part of a bridge truss is damaged or removed.

"If one of the fracture-critical pieces is somehow taken out, removed or fails in some way, the whole bridge could collapse," Oregon transportation spokesman Don Hamilton said Tuesday. He declined to specify where the bridge would need to be damaged in order to collapse, because he didn't want to make the bridge's weak spots public.

It is the absence of our tiny voice within New Hampshire government with how we control the arterial life blood flow within little Hinsdale and all of the small town and rural New Hampshire. And our tiny voice stands up for the efficiency of traffic flow and safety for our surrounding communities and bordering states. The majority of the flow of traffic on Hinsdale’s route 119 is not our town’s people. This itty bitty voice in the wilderness is sticking up for the safety interest of the multitudes. They all come from far and wide for passage through our town or to see our little rendition of heaven. 

I am saying, who is going to oversee and regulate the state bridge inspectors?  Who is going to inspect the NH bridge inspectors? I wouldn’t be surprised after reading the 2007 NTSB’s Minneapolis I35 bridge report if knowingly grossly inaccurate and falsified state and federal documents are legal in New Hampshire. You know, the privilege of kings with total unaccountability. This is a fundament flaw with our nation. We don’t have one highway and road standard, seeing how we send many million dollars to the states. Our federal system should have stick oversight of the State Dots. As an example, just look at the I-35 Minneapolis bridge collapse. There was many known long term flaws in bridge maintenance and state DOT engineering codes. Who is going to step in if the states don’t give a shit?      

So the easy way out of this political mess is to falsify bridge inspections and state and federal documents. The NHDOT staff and officials of NHDOT are severely demoralized, underpaid and intimidated by severely underfunded and highly politicalized agency state budgets. The NHDOT employees are all facing massive and unprecedented employee, personal and official layoffs and firings in the next two years. The organization are a "black hole" with withholding information and selective truth telling for political, personal and career protection. Just give them the minimum transparency, boys…for our protection. This is black hole organization is beyond the control of any entity on the planet because of their self-interested selective truth-telling, lying and object and uncontested NH and federal illegal document falsification.

So below article is an analogy for similar cultures and systems across many organizations.  Who plays the roles of the patients, the doctors, the medical employees and the medical establishment and the bureaucracy in our system of bridges, towns, employees, voters/taxpayers/ public, the feds, state DOT  and our wider transportation system. If the NHDOT respects their professional employees more will Hinsdale town’s people be more secure and safe? At least the citizens of Hinsdale would have a lot more accurate information to engage our state politicians. Of course, our state government never operates on the facts. Is the sick patient the Hinsdale Route 119 Bridge or is it all the people and businesses who use our bridges?   
Why is government always hiding in the deep shadows?
Where is the respect of us and why is it lacking in in our wider culture and system? I bet you it’s all related to greed and economic insecurity?    
“In a Culture of Disrespect, Patients Lose Out” (NYT)
I’ve always thought about respect as common decency, something we should do because it’s simply the right thing to do. In the medical world, we certainly need to strive for respectful behavior, especially given our historically rigid pecking order, our ingrained traditions of hierarchical bullying and, of course, a primary constituency — patients — who are often on uniquely vulnerable footing.
 But then I stumbled across two articles in Academic Medicine that talked about respect as an issue of patient safety. The authors, a group of doctors and researchers at Harvard Medical School, outlined the myriad acts of disrespect that we’ve come to accept as a way of life in medicine, and showed how these can lead to a final pathway of harm to our patients.
 This shift in perspective was a shock to the system. When we tolerate a culture of disrespect, we aren’t just being insensitive, or obtuse, or lazy, or enabling. We’re in fact violating the first commandment of medicine. How can we stand idly by when our casual acceptance of disrespect is causing the same harm to our patients as medication errors, surgical mistakes, handoff lapses and missed lab results?
… Though these annoyances may seem trivial,  this lack of respect “undermines morale, and inhibits transparency and feedback,” the authors write. Morale, transparency and feedback are pillars of preventing medical error. Patients ultimately bear the brunt of this unhealthy atmosphere.
…Added to the clarion call should be patient safety. The connection between disrespectful behavior to patient safety should be made explicit in our efforts, since this is a rallying point that everyone can agree on. Medical staff members should absolutely be holding ourselves to the highest bar of professional and respectful conduct. We have no excuses for anything less. But beyond this, the medical system needs to re-evaluate itself and the way it respects — or disrespects — its own workers, and by extension, its patients.
We are still trying to figure out what this NHDOT scientific and engineering phrase means. A lead “bridge inspector” told us this. He was performing a bridge inspection this spring. We got pictures...see my blog. He told us his group was just "corn cobbing" these bridges. What does "corn cobbing" a bridge inspection mean? This is such obscene disrespect to concerned members of the public.

So this is my blog: "The Poppervillve Town Hall.

Don't forget to click on my other articles and links in my blog...I pictured up most of the underneath of the Route 119 Brattleboro and Hinsdale bridge. Scroll down to look at all of my bridge pictures...you won't be able to stop. These are dangerously obscene pictures of the structures of the
The Vermont DOT officials might recognize my name. I took pictures of their I 91 (between exit 1 and 2) “William Street" interstate bridge in early 2007. See my pictures of this now demolished bridge under steamshovel2002 and Flickr. Those bridge piers were in dangerously and atrocious conditions. This rather new 1960 (smile) bridge was functionally obsolete. The I91 Interstate Bridge was dangerously narrow and didn’t have safety breakdown lanes like Hinsdale’s route 119 bridges.
Do you remember a tractor trailer who was trying to miss a skidded and stalled car on the Williams Street Bridge. The semi tried to skid around the stalled car on the north bound bridge. Instead, he went right through the bridge railings like tissue paper to his death. I renamed that bridge the Vermont “Daddy Killer Bridge” because the driver had young kids. What shall I name the Hinsdale Route 119 Bridges?

I thinking “The Route 119 Hinsdale, NH Family Killer Bridges“. I could make this a sign and plaster the bridges with it.

I forced Vermont into the replacement of these bridges and many blame me with a rethink on the conditions of all I 91 bridges. This demolished young (humor) bridge was built in the early 1960 and the new bridges are 1000 times more gorgeous than the dead headed baby boomer bridge when we were developing our Interstate system.   

Man, I am in love with those new huge concrete piers holding the new Brattleboro "William Street" bridge. You know, those NJ style integral to the bridge concrete safety barriers will certainly contain any fully loaded tractor trailer. The Vermont DOT official knows what i mean. Mr. Mike Hedges of the VTDOT, you tell the NHDOT how powerful my pictures are. They are going bend to my will!

So here is my list of safety and economic concerns with the Route 119 Hinsdale bridges. They are all pictured up on my blog. If any of these issues are missing and not explained in detail in the past NHDOT inspection reports this is “prima facia” evidence there is massive NHDOT bridge fraud and falsification of paperwork throughout the state. It is NHDOT bridge illegal paperwork falsification to meet a political and self-interested ends? My experience with organizational lying and fraud…it doesn’t happen in one spot in the organizations. The rot is in everything in the organization and in related organizations.   

1)   A few days ago I was on the Brattleboro side of the Route 119 Bridge and standing directly across from the new Whetstone Station restaurant. I had my halo on and was dressed up as a blue angel warning everyone of an impending bridge collapse. Dave, the owner of the restaurant walked over to me. I thought he was irked that I was scaring away his customers. He has a large bar with huge windows facing my protest area on the Hinsdale side of the bridge. Seems, they were watching me. These huge picture windows have a gorgeous elevated view of the Connecticut River and Wantastiquet Mountain. I asked him if I am chasing away your customers. He said not at all. I explained I am trying to replace this bridge. Dave said I am totally on your side. Then he asked me, “Did you hear about the recent serious bicycling accident on the bridge walkway?”

The bridge wooden walkway has many loose and warped planks. It is much worse than last year. As a bicyclist was crossing the bridge walkway, his tire flipped up a loose plank. He did an Endo…flipped over the handle bars on the bridge. He crashed into the railing banging his head and breaking his shoulders. He was almost thrown into the river. He was stunned. Dave called the ambulance. The bicyclist said he would have been dead if he was flipped into the river.

So this spring I was interviewing my NHDOT “corn cobbling” lead bridge inspector buddy. I got pictures of this…see my blog. I said at one point, you guys got big problems with the bridge walkway wooden planks. Most of the planks are loose and many warping. It is getting worst. Some planks are warping where the middle is sticking up and many are warping where one end sticks way up in the air. He told me, “the iron metal structure that attaches the planks by screws to the bride is too corroded to accept the screws.” “It is all just rust down there and all the screws just spin.” You got to wonder will the wooden walkway collapse into the river someday. I told “Mr Corn cobbing bridge inspector” (2013), you know, we got many disabled people with motorized wheelchairs traveling this walkway. They complain to me about the plank bumps and the not snow blowed walkways in the winter? They mostly go the convenience store in the old Wal-Mart store. 

“These bridges have an increasing diabetic rotting wasting disease…”

“The bridge underneath looks like this diabetic's rotting legs and bridge's rotting railings and beams.”

There is a lot of grass over-growth into the middle of the sidewalk that rubs onto his wheelchair and face. Robert worries a piece of metal will get pulled out into the walkway and then he not sees it. It cuts his leg and then he can't control the infection, or the cut won't heal. Then they have to cut off the leg. A fallen down branch could be hidden in the overgrown grass onto the sidewalk...again he is at extreme risk with losing a limb if it cuts or bruises him. This could easily put him in the grave.”

“The little spin in his wheel chair is one of the few freedoms Robert has.”

“He has had his family fixing the ruts (sidewalk) in this asphalt sidewalk.” (So his wheelchair wouldn’t fall over or make him stuck in place.)

…“Here is Robert right to your face (Sept 24, 2012). You notice the decaying bridge wood walkway planking under his wheelchair...many loose and warped big time.”

Note: My blog and my picture (fall 2012) of Robert’s diabetic leg and the rotting bridge railing made the NHDOT fix the cancerous railing in the 2013 spring inspection. May god have mercy on all our runaway monstrous Frankenstein New Hampshire souls? You see the rotting wooden planks under the rotting railing and this poor man’s wheelchair. They completely ignored the dangerous wooden planks and the screws that wouldn’t catch. This unsafe walkway are well known to NHDOT for many years.

Hinsdale use to remove the snow from the walkway with their special sidewalk plowing vehicle. They stopped because Hinsdale figured out the machine was too heavy for the walkway and  it was also scraping up the loose wooded planks. Why can’t they drive down the road with a snow blower in a pickup? Why can’t the state pay Hinsdale to snow blow the state walkway? How come the bridge walkway doesn’t get snow plowed in the winter? I get it, money, money money!

You know what I am really trying do here; I am trying to save the soul of the state of New Hampshire!

You see the New Hampshire monstrous disregard for the value of human life with the Route 119 Hinsdale/ Brattleboro bridge walkway issue. Let’s role play the NHDOT District 4 Engineer’s job. Did you see his pathetically poverty stricken and isolated list of small towns in his area. One can only imagine the magnitude the long list of backlogged transportation jobs for his District. I wonder what the criteria is for shoving out NHDOT projects in his district? I bet it is political and population density!

So the Hinsdale Route 119 bridge walkways come to his attention. They are in unsafe condition. He knows he just can’t put screws into the rotting wooden planks. They pop that baby open and he knows it going to be a complete rework of the walkway and their iron support structure. He knows if they go mucking around the bridge deck support iron beams and severely corroded gussets might need a lot of work. The job cost could get really big and shut the bridge anyways. The bridge is obsolete by four times and it is breathing its death throes. He goes spending big bucks in Hinsdale…then ten other towns in his district are going to be looking to string him up to their worst bridge.

It makes you wonder if we are seeing a NHDOT organizational disease. We make one of those “facilitative assumptions” where the bridge is so dilapidated and old, why waste money in it. A new bridge is right around the corner so shut your eyes and don’t waste money on it. The state effectively disconnects itself from the overseeing the bridge and doing the proper upkeep of it. A young or middle-age bridge has a huge value in it so we will take care of it. A decrepit bridge is so ugly and expensive…just turn away your eyes from it and don’t look. It is only human nature. Is there something in our brain or organization that unintentionally turns off our caring because of these affects…obscures our vision and curiosity?    

The below from the most recent spring 2013 Environmental Assessment is interesting. The first Wal-Mart store forced Hinsdale and the NHDOT to construct a sidewalk and a walkway. With the rot going on in wooden planks and rotting iron works who won’t hold a screw or hold on to the planks, it must be a cheapy defective design and construction of this walkway.

You know, that is the “New Hampshire Advantage”. It is a whole set of half ass fixes and “facilitative assumptions”. This unseen and hidden corruption goes on for decades after decades into the indefinite.  A facilitative assumption is when a CEO, politician and agency head…especially the professional class and engineers…who knowingly makes a corrupt critical organizational decision based on self-interest or a narrow interest in order to save his job and career. You make an assumption deep under the citizenry and employees, knowingly not aligned with the facts or the greater good in order fulfill a narrow and shallow interest. It is dastardly hidden corruption deep behind the scenes that screws all the innocent and good citizens. It mostly benefits the professional class and the politicians.

There are also good faciltative assumptions. A young man makes a mistake. You think he is just inexperience and immature…but you give him many breaks because you know he will become a great man. You will make him a great man. And he then does become a great man.

Heuristics is related this…   


BRF 2000(19)SC  June, 2013  
In 1993 a sidewalk was installed on the north side of both bridges

So the Hinsdale bridge walkway becomes direly unsafe…the District 4 Engineer’s choices are to refurbish the walkway or to block the walkway from further traffic. He doesn’t have the funding to do our bridge walkways. All the pedestrians will then have to walk the bridge deck roadway. Two opposing cars at the same time got barely enough room to pass each other…certainly there in insufficient room for two big trucks. Can you image the hue and cry to the District 4 Engineer and Concord if they make pedestrians walk on the functionally obsolete bridge road bed without any safety breakdown lane? Believe me; the daily peak traffic doesn’t have enough room to get the cars by without a lot of time delay, with the sharp 90 degree turn and massive public speeding.

I know the solution considering the realities in Concord, NH and keeping my job…only one lane of traffic going across the one bridge at one time. Here comes the New Hampshire Advantage? It will reduce the traffic stress of the bridge to extend the bridge life and allow pedestrians to passage the bridge without a separated walkway. Everyone will be safe.  But traffic will be backed up all the way to Putney and Winchester?

Many people and my own family have come up to me to explain how impacted and inconvenienced they will be. Mike, if the bridge closes, you are going to eat up between two to three hours a day with a round trip. We are talking about 30 miles and verging on $10 bucks a day. This is going to severely impact thousands of innocent people. Mike, you know your town is poverty stricken and most of our community is struggling with inadequate income and time. This is going to hurt the poor way more than anyone else…don’t even talk about gasoline prices. Mike, you are stealing money right out of their purses and pockets. 

So you got conflicting human needs and budgets, priories and limitations... budgets, priorities and limitations are always extraordinarily immoral. The limitations always get concentrated in the poorest and weakest segments of our society. The state of New Hampshire with this NH Advantage has become a monster to our weakest and poorest. It is tax breaks for the big boys and suffering and insecurity for the bottom half…

The bridge inspection group leader right in front of me turned a blind eye to the deterioration of safety with the walkway…he knew injuries and possible deaths was right around the corner. The enormous consequences without adequate budgets for valuing human life was too severe for the NHDOT and the Districts 4 Engineer…the known severely degraded walkway wooden planks and the iron works that holds up the walkway. The easy default that just defers pain and suffering…compared to shutting downing down the bridge, walkway or gaining more funding for the NH transportation system…was to knowingly turn a blind eye to the rotting walkway and to falsify NH and federal documents.

As Ralph Nader once chewed us all out…he said it was always about the least worst choice. It always about the least worst choice. It is never about our highest or best choice. It is never about us all being honorable men and women. The miserable and rotten system makes our lives all about least worst choices. Our children live whole least worst lives. Did god make a least worst Universe?  

You know when an organization is near brain dead…where they don’t appreciate paper work and the bureaucracy. Were everyone in trained that documented observations and concerns are extraordinarily important attributes for a learning organization. You make it easily document their concerns in public form and you make is the issues non erasable and searchable. You hold yourself accountable to the voter,  public, and everyone.

If you ignore something or miss it then a person can come back through the recorded document. I warned them. Here, this is from their system…see, they got a pattern going on here. I am telling you this is powerful stuff and it leverages experiences in the learning organization.

Then you got the constant do nothing complainers. You say stop that chatter, do something about it. Make a complaint and stick with to the end. The rumor is these guys are serious with complaints and you can change things. Right, you are talking about public participation and the little guy gaining faith in government. But I am crazy guy at the foot of the bridge wearing a halo and putting a cut blue sheet over my shoulders…     

It is easily apparent to me the NHDOT increasingly is losing the organizational ability to discriminate between little human safety risk or community well-being risk and enormous risk of injury, death and widespread wellbeing risk to a community. They increasingly can’t separate the background noise from an important signals or message. The NHDOT is facing deepening troubles with NHDOT budgets and ever increasing to-do-list of degraded roads, bridge and infrastructure. A human’s brain or organization ability to discriminate big problems from little problems is a wonderful gift…when a brain is forced to discriminate too much it becomes exhausted or we call it we “become numbed”. Becoming numb in high consequence organizations, as is in prolong driving a car in heavy metropolitan congestion and traffic becomes extraordinarily dangerous when you become numbed…is very dangerous.  It is much like if an organization dances around or jumps over the fire too much…you become numb to the dangers of the fire.

I am warning you, New Hampshire is a runaway monster without a conscience…or they have become severely numbed by an increasing assortment of problems, financial problems and pressures. They can’t tell right from wrong, background noise from critical warnings and information. NH is acting as a monster…we have become monsters because we have become so inattentive, exhausted and numbed because of insecurity, inadequate resources and increasing needs.   

2)   You got real issues with this 1921 (Brattleboro) bridge swinging, vibrating and swaying under light load and traffic conditions. It gets much worst increasingly with heavier traffic. Two or three cars and a pickup truck on the bridge gets that bridge vibrating uncomfortably. Heavy traffic, big trucks and especially semis creates stomach wrenching vibrations, creates resonant traffic vibrations.  I am taking about swaying and up and down…plus the big vibrations. There got to be some engineering limits or standards to this dangerous motion. Something is really wrong with that bridge.

I consider this abnormal bridge movement a dire warning of imminent bridge collapsed and a direly weak or damaged bridge structure. I kid everyone; you have to take your motion sickness (Dramamine) meds if you don’t want to throw up before you get 350 feet to the other side of the bridge.

I am just saying, you could have a lot of unseen damage and degradation to the bridge stiffening structural members, relatively small iron works…this could set up this tragic heavy unnatural vibration and swaying. It just could be a poor design for the conditions we place this 1921 bridge under with the heavier vehicles and never anticipated heavy traffic. Traffic levels drastically are on the way up too in the coming years…   

They got small cell phone like instrumentation and powerful accelerometers. They could record the bridge vibration and send them the data intermittently through the cell phone system. They got decent accurate modern computer structural programs…they could give you a normal range of bridge vibrations. It would give you an early indication of developing bridge problems. Did I remind you this bridge is 93 years old?    
It is interesting thinking about the historic and future daily average traffic going across this bridge. As I say, New Hampshire is a monster without a conscience to think our bridge can withstand the beating of 13,000 car and trucks per day for any length of time. Think about this increasingly severe degradation going on in an assortment of 1921 bridge components and 13,000 vehicles traveling across the bridge in 2015. They should put the NHDOT executives into the Retreat. You catch trend with the rate of change of vehicles a day going over this in a very short period?  How much traffic will the farm tractor supply store and burgeoning fireworks industry bring us by 2020? My best estimate with the politics of New Hampshire is the new bridge won’t be built for 50 years.
The 1915 “Sewalls Falls Road Bridge” in Concord NH is another of the NHDOT’s Frankenstein monsters with allowing huge chunks of the bridge to fall off and they say you are good to go till  2015 if you cross that bridge with your eyes closed. Hinsdale is heading directly to the Sewalls Falls Road Bridge. ..with huge weight restriction and lane limitations.
God help us all if the economy picks up?        
2010: 7200 vehicles per day (vpd)
2012: 9700 vpd
2015: 13,000 vpd  
This spring I asked my “corn cobbling” NHDOT Bridge lead inspector buddy if this bridge is swaying and vibrating dangerously? He said the new Navy Seabees Bridge does the same vibrating and swinging…all modern bridge does this to minimize stresses. It sounded good from a NHDOT bridge inspection leader, right. I wonder how much bridge inspection training they really get and their educations levels. These guys probable get a three week quickie course and a few days of training every ten years. The first thing NH cuts has always been training and education.
The next thing I know I was then standing for 2 hours in the middle of the New Route 9 Connecticut River Seabees Bridge four miles upstream from Hinsdale in heavy traffic. It is really a beautiful and sturdy bridge. The bridge doesn’t have any walkway, the old bridge is the walkway…so I was standing on the unprotected spacey and gorgeous breakdown safety lane. I mean, what was I going to tell the cops if they came? I was trying to get a feel for the bridge vibration? They would have been taking me to Retreat. It was solid and vibration free. It was if I standing on a granite outcrop on the nearby Wantastiquet Mountain. I think all these NHDOT employees are habituated into lying and telling half-truths to the stupid mushroom public. Or just not talking when they know something…
3)  What is up with that huge anchor bolt not being attached to the concrete footing on the Brattleboro Bridge’s southern corner side? Why is the really thick iron plate bent that attaches the nut to the dangling anchor bolt?  Why is the thick iron plate below the bent iron plate mostly destroyed by corrosion and it is 80% delaminated? The concern I have with seeing this picture with the original 1921 concrete, is massive degradation of the bridge west concrete footing. The big semis would be beating the hell out of this concrete. As with the massive unseen corrosion destruction of the iron plates seen in my picture that is deep within the belly of this beast, how assured can we be that the other iron structural components on or near the footing or foundation are not destroyed. 
“WSDOT Bridge Design Manual”

Obviously, bridges cannot be built incrementally longer without eventually requiring expansion joint devices. The incidence of approach pavement distress problems increases markedly with increased movement that must be accommodated by the end diaphragm pressing against the backfill. Approach pavement distress includes pavement and backfill settlement and broken approach slab anchors.

…If some means was not used to accommodate this, the bridge could buckle.
4)   The Brattleboro Bridge has no expansion joint. Our bridge can expand and contract to the tune of 2 to 6 inches between the extremes of the outside seasonal temperatures. Both sides of these bridges are hard attached by multiple large anchor bolts to the crumbling 1921 concrete footing or foundation. The bridge has an expansion joint on the west side…it is non-functional…the deck is hard attached to the footing on both side.  Why isn’t a lack of a functioning bridge expansion joint leading to serious bridge degradation and an eventual bride collapse? I think this is a critical bridge design error and it is amazing that massive bridge damage hasn’t shown up yet…
NTSB 2007 Investigation into the Minneapolis I35 Bridge Collapse  
“Expansion joint: A meeting point between two parts of a structure that is designed to allow for independent movement of the parts due to thermal expansion while protecting the parts from damage. Expansion joints are commonly visible on a bridge deck as a hinged or movable connection perpendicular to the roadway”

5)   The bridge rollers are frozen in place and a roller (rocker bearing) is displaced at an angle indicating severe bridge movement. I got a feeling during prior bridge renovations and refurbishment the NHDOT intentionally bypassed the bridge rollers by hard connecting the bridge deck to the footing or foundation though huge anchor bolting?

NTSB 2007 Investigation into the Minneapolis I35 Bridge Collapse 
 Rocker bearing: A bridge support bearing that accommodates thermal expansion and contraction of the superstructure through a rocking action.”

This should be damaging the bridge and leading to a bridge collapse as read in all the bridge engineering and maintenance procedures. It leads to much more expensive maintenance on a bridge on a not maintained bridge. It should be noticed the traffic entrance at both ends of the bridge comes on the bridge at an angle or not good geometry…not a straight shot across the bridge including their entrances. It is a lot to torque (centrifugal) and stress for a bridge with a car or heavy truck turning on the bridge at high speeds. This creates all sorts unnatural bridge stress with the modern vehicle weights and unimagined traffic at bridge design time that was never considered in the initial bridge analysis. See pictures in my blog.

6)   On the west side of the Brattleboro Bridge the huge upper truss (2) iron beams (holds up the deck) are connected to the concrete by a huge metal bracket (4). A huge metal nut and bolt, along with metal plates, holds the critical truss to the concrete abutment or footing. There is massive and severe corrosion going on in all these components. The concrete footing is severely cracked and spalled allowing road water to intrude deeply into the degraded abutment or/and footing. I estimate the safety critical truss, bolting and brackets are more than 70% destroyed. Stomach wrenching and throwing up disgusting pictures of these components are on my blog. The pictures from my camera don’t near capture how bad this area is and  can’t give you a good impression of the depth of wastage.      

7)   The whole Brattleboro Bridge East entrance is subsiding and shifting.  This includes the bridge abutment, footing, foundation, masonry materials, the large granite blocks are displaced, piers and the whole east end of the bridge. In the right weather conditions, saturated soil the heavy truck vibrations  could get massive shifting or a landside of the entrance under soil ending with the huge bridge and its passengers calving into the river. That includes both sided of the bridge detaching from the foundations with its weak attachments and the bridge tipping over in the river. We have no idea what is under the bridge foundation…it is probably river sand, composting sentiment and compacting mud. In 1921 you can’t count on it being rock ledge or granite bed rock. Remember “Island Park” is nothing but a Connecticut River sand bar.   

8)   Let’s play the “value of human” life hide and seek game? State NHDOT peek-a-boo. This should take the breath away from any bridge civil engineer of any standing what-so-ever.
NTSB 2007 Investigation into the Minneapolis I35 Bridge Collapse 
Distortion of Gusset Plates: The Safety Board concludes that distortion such as bowing is a sign of an out-of-design condition that should be identified and subjected to further engineering analysis to ensure that the appropriate level of safety is maintained.

Can you find the bent and detaching bridge gusset on the Brattleboro Bridge? Bent and damage bridge gussets are a severe indication of imminent bridge failure or collapse. You blind and stupid civil engineers’ need a clue and a real life, it is on the east side of the Brattleboro Route 119 Bridge with the subsiding bridge entrance and its foundation, and the severe corrosion to the upper truss connection, to the bridge crumbling foundation.    


‘The existing substructures are a mix of concrete and masonry materials. Vertical and horizontal clearances are inadequate by current AASHTO design standards. In 1988 structural elements were replaced. In 1993 a sidewalk was installed on the north side of both bridges. In 2003 precast concrete deck panels were installed on both bridges. Despite ongoing maintenance efforts, both bridges are considered seriously deteriorated due to river scouring at the foundations, concrete spalling in the abutments and piers, and corrosion to the structural steel framing.”

9)   Towards the west end of the Brattleboro Bridge a vertical member, maybe a diagonal member near the road bed is severely bent and displaced. I suspect it occurred on contact with a snow plow or it comes from a vehicle accident when this member wasn’t protected by, maybe the 1988 installed guard rail job.

NTSB 2007 Investigation into the Minneapolis I35 Bridge Collapse 
“Corrosion on Gusset Plates: The I35W bridge was only one of a number of steel truss bridges that were found to have gusset plate corrosion and section loss that had been overlooked or underestimated by State bridge inspectors. In 1996, gusset plates on the eastbound Lake County Grand River bridge in Ohio failed while the bridge was undergoing maintenance. The failure was attributed to corrosion and section loss, which had completely penetrated the gusset plates at some locations. The amount of section loss had been masked by corrosion products to the extent that it could not be adequately assessed solely through visual bridge inspections.”

The below road grade gusset to which the vertical member is attached is severely corroded and the rust is black and delaminating. It’s got two huge rust bubbles on this gusset protruding out maybe a quarter inch on each side and thick delaminated rust layers can clearly be seen. The gusset is below road level and it is exposed to a lot of salt in the winter. I suspect the significant vehicle contact bent the lower gusset in two places…this is where the cancerous rust is growing. For all the below road grade gussets I intensely inspected, this gusset is by far the worst…this is””way”” worse than any of the others.

NTSB 2007 Investigation into the Minneapolis I35 Bridge Collapse

Finding #21
“The Safety Board therefore concludes that because visual bridge inspections alone, regardless of their frequency, are inadequate to always detect corrosion on gusset plates or to accurately assess the extent or progression of that corrosion, inspectors should employ appropriate nondestructive evaluation technologies when evaluating gusset plates.”

I believe bending this gusset in a vehicle collision intensified the corrosion process and poor inspection allowed this condition to fester. This corrosion is so thick there just in no way to access the metal integrity underneath it. The thickness of the metal plate could be severely degraded and we have no idea if there are cracks developing in the gusset underneath the member damage and severely delaminating rust. This half inch gusset looks like it is an “inch” thick looking at it from the side.
NTSB 2007 Investigation into the Minneapolis I35 Bridge Collapse 
Probable Cause
The National Transportation Safety Board determines that the probable cause of the collapse of the I-35W bridge in Minneapolis, Minnesota, was the inadequate load capacity, due to a design error by Sverdrup & Parcel and Associates, Inc., of the gusset plates at the U10 nodes, which failed under a combination of (1) substantial increases in the weight of the bridge, which resulted from previous bridge modifications, and (2) the traffic and concentrated construction loads on the bridge on the day of the collapse. Contributing to the design error was the failure of Sverdrup & Parcel’s quality control procedures to ensure that the appropriate main truss gusset plate calculations were performed for the I-35W bridge and the inadequate design review by Federal and State transportation officials.

>>>Contributing to the accident was the generally accepted practice among Federal and State transportation officials of giving inadequate attention to gusset plates during inspections for conditions of distortion, such as bowing, and of excluding gusset plates in load rating analyses.<<<

It doesn’t look like the NHDOT did their mandatory gusset inspection of every similar style bridge coming out of the 2007 NTSB Minneapolis I 35 bridge collapse investigation…
NTSB 2007 Investigation into the Minneapolis I35 Bridge Collapse 
          Gusset plate: A metal plate used to unite multiple structural members of a truss.

 I believe the ‘Environmental Assessment BRATTLEBORO, VT – HINSDALE, NH TRANSPORTATION CORRIDOR BRF 2000(19)SC “ is severely incomplete and has a serious lack of granularity. The Environment Assessment report wasn’t observant enough with truck and car bridge interactions. They are keying off the NHDOT who have falsified their reports and they haven’t done independent evaluations of the structural condition of both bridges.

I will submit to you, there is way more tractor trailers and giant logging tractor trailers trucks than cement trucks.

This is how it should have been stated the truck and car interaction. The local population who crosses these bridges know what I am saying is accurate. Typically only one large semi and no cars can passage critical choke points at the same times. If the assessment is so incomplete with traffic interactions, why isn’t other assessment and analysis incomplete? 

Typically on both entrances of the Brattleboro Bridge, the vast majority of the semis stop before he enters the bridge. He is waiting for all the traffic to clear before he jumps onto the bridge. He is also waiting for a polite vehicle on the other side of the bridge to stop before enters the bridge. At multiple points, his cab has to jump into the opposing traffic lane so he can get his big butt “way back there” to make it around the protruding corner of the bridge. It take him many feet to get his big rig straighten out on the bridge. A lot of these semis, once on the bridge, ride in the middle of bridge straddling both lanes. He doesn’t want anyone on the bridge with him. Then he has to put his cab in the opposing traffic lane so his butt “way back there” will be able to make it around the corner. The sides of the bridge have drastically inadequate height…he could damage the trailer and bridge because the trailer is too high if he drive too close to the outside of the road. He drives in both lanes of traffic so his trailer won’t be damaged.  So that is another reason these semis take up the two lanes of this two lane bridge. They even do that on the Hinsdale Bridge even with no sharp corners and a straight approach in both directions. Even small trucks and the semis know the small truck can’t be on the bridge with the semi.

You can see the guard railing damage on both sides of the bridge when a semi driver misjudges this maneuver…it happens a lot.

I am saying this report severely minimizes the truck traffic and car problems with their passage through the critical choke points on the Hinsdale Route 119 bridges. They just weren’t very observant with their reporting. They are severely downplaying the condition of the bridge.

“Simultaneous passage of two large trucks at this curve, and on the bridges, is difficult.”

We are in a Town and locale emergency…it is a huge emergency. This report doesn’t state that clearly. We could lose the bridge at any moment…get draconian vehicle restrictions in the next second…lose lives in a bridge collapse.  These could hurt tens of thousands of people and many businesses. We are in a state NHDOT hurricane Katrina or Superstorm Sandy emergency…our New Hampshire state government has caught on fire and nobody has called 911 and the fire department yet.   

I am available to give tours explaining my pictures…especially for executives and engineers with the NHDOT, any government officials and the media. I will teach you a lot.  You should bring Dramamine and wear old jeans. Some areas would need you to be a little gutsy and you shouldn’t be too afraid of heights. Just give me a call or throw me email.

Mike Mulligan, Hinsdale, NH
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I was the instigator of one of the largest fraud criminal cases in the State of New Hampshire ($500 million -$600 million dollars and many people going to jail) . 

God only gives me the impossible cases….the problems everyone has given up on. They bring me into a problem when all hope is lost. I take the cases nobody else will touch. I am the prince of the improbable and the impossibility.


Mike Mulligan
PO 161
Hinsdale, NH