i see this was uploaded in march 2008. may have been a short season like it was this year- 2012 packed it up in february. cold weather and frosts can really shorten the citrus seasons here. my mouth is watering, thinking of those juicy Seley Reds!
Thanks Yves! Greeting from Budapest: Árpád
it's the least they can do, after kicking many, many families off their properties....
YA KNOW, THAT THING LOOKS LIKE IT MIGHT BE RELIGIOUS- SOMEBODY CALL CALTRANS!
highway 80 california is one of the most robustly-built roads in the US- each concrete slab is approx. 10' X 20' X 1' thick, is heavily reinforced with iron bars, contains about six cubic yards of high-aggregate concrete, weighing about 10 tons apiece! the road was built to resist seismic damage, as well as being to support the weight of military vehicles in logistical convoys in the event of war- and this was ten years before world war II.
actually this is japatul road- highway 80 disappears at wildwood glen road just north of here and shows up again at east willows exit on I-8 a few miles to the west.
actually this bridge carried highway 80 only because the department of transportation saved money (this was in the midst of the Great Depression) by delaying the construction of the larger bridge (just north of here) until 1950. under public pressure to do something about the dangerous curve at the east end of the old bridge, the newly-formed highway dept. (with funds from the federal highway act) completed the newer bridge leaving room alongside for an additional bridge should the need arise. due to the problems with landslides and water runoff, the alignment for the new highway (I-8) was moved to the south and the second bridge was never built.
where you see the needle-shape evergreen trees there was a gas station from way back in the day. up close, you can still see the vent pipe among the trees. that means there are subterranean fuel tank(s) there- and only steps from the sweetwater river! i've been jogging there since the gas pumps were removed in the early 80's and i have never seen any serious excavation work being done to remove the tank(s). why is this allowed??
sure looks good for its age. the roadway on the deck of this bridge became highway 80 in 1931. the bridge itself was built in 1917, it appears the footers have been reinforced and the concrete reskinned since then.