Bridge Phobia

I was stuck on the Karsaz-SF bridge this morning. The bridge was completely filled with cars end-to-end. With the Shershah Bridge tragedy so fresh, as we moved on the bridge at a snail’s pace, I was estimating the meters left to cover the end of the bridge and at the same time thinking on what would I do if I feel the bridge move suddenly as in a fall! Not that I can fly but just being ready to face a collapsing bridge. We have discussed how bridges in Karachi move and that how this is supposed to be a ‘design’ feature of such structures but when you read stuff like this, you have more reasons to worry. I can stand the traffic jams but not while I am on a bridge in Karachi.

8 Comments so far

  1. d0ct0r (unregistered) on September 3rd, 2007 @ 2:29 pm

    i had similar feeling when i heard of bridge’s news on that fateful day, at that time i had reached jinnah bridge which abit jammed and i was think if jinnah bridge is also constructed by same contractors then we’re doomed.. although i use that
    bridge almost every day, but it was just a hair raising news for me..

  2. Hasan Zuberi (unregistered) on September 3rd, 2007 @ 2:31 pm

    Very true Tee Emm:

    Since viewing those horrifying pictures of the collapsed bridge esp those unfortunate Toyota Corollas …. i am also avoiding passing under the bridge :P

    As for Karsaz-SF flyover … I experienced severe bumps on both ways guess they have done some “development” work on the mid of the bridge, clearly visible from the patches ….

    Pls note that it was BEFORE the collapse of SS Northern By-pass.

  3. d0ct0r (unregistered) on September 3rd, 2007 @ 2:53 pm

    dead body under the rubble of collapsed bridge

  4. d0ct0r (unregistered) on September 3rd, 2007 @ 3:01 pm

    crater at karimabad-liaqutabad flyover.. that could be fatal..

  5. Nadir (unregistered) on September 3rd, 2007 @ 4:28 pm

    Some while ago, a family was crushed when the container fell on their car… Since then I’m quite scared of staying near these heavy traffic while on the road.

    We have heard roofs falling down and this time the bridge fell down. It is indeed breathtaking.

    BUT, I was thinking the same (while on the same karsaz bridge), what if this one falls down! Thoughts were coming in to my mind, the last thought was…

    This is LIFE and what is life? a Gift from Allah. We keep on using this gift of life and keep living happily, but as soon as we hear someone dying, or some major mishap, we start to fear. We fear death. BUT WHY?

    Allah can take away our lives any second He wants, what can anyone do? What’s the need to being scared…

    There are two things that should be kept apart. 1. Fear and being scared. Fear is something that is in your heart and mind… Being scared is an emotional state when your body is physically in a different state than normal. When you are scared you can’t think logically, you can’t function practically.

    Keeping the fear of Allah in your mind and heart is the only thing you could do, with an additional benefit of staying in a stable mental and physical condition, consequently enabling you to perform well under strange circumstances.

  6. Mufakkir (unregistered) on September 3rd, 2007 @ 7:19 pm

    @Tee Emm,

    If you are so stupid you don’t know that flyovers and other structures are meant to actually ‘shudder’ then you are particularly hopeless. Under dynamic loading waves are produced which would instantly fail the structure due to resonance. The whole system actually rests on rubber pads. Rubber pads are basically everywhere where there is vibration. The engine of your car also rests on rubber foundations, because of the vibration. In fact many engineering courses include an independent 3 credit hour course of vibration control in the final year.

    But by the way you’re talking about moving bridges, it seems you didn’t even pass your middle. You don’t know a word about resonance. Why do you people just have to spit nonsense out of your mouths?

    There are whole textbooks and reference books available for structural engineers that deal specifically with bearing pads. But I guess you don’t even know what a bookstore is, do you?

    Maybe you would find it surprising that the towers of the famous Golden gate bridge can swing 3 feet on each side when subjected to loads? I have a general idea that those uber-long box-girder on Lyari expressway near Sohrab Goth would, on mid-span, sag by about 1 feet on full load. And still remain safe for the next 50 years.

  7. Tee Emm (unregistered) on September 3rd, 2007 @ 7:29 pm


    Thanks for your kind words. Where did I say that swinging is a problem? A lot of learned (and polite) fellow KMB readers pointed the rest of us towards this fact that bridges and other such structures move and we stood corrected.

    But thanks again for commenting. It helps. :)

  8. Murtaza (unregistered) on September 5th, 2007 @ 2:37 am

    Not everyone is an engineer, not even all engineers study about vibrations. That does not make them stupid!

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