Monday, January 7, 2013

Working Backwards from a "Perfect" Port Mann Bridge (2012)..... to New York (2001) Ice Bombs Away

UPDATE:  January 15, 2013   Facts and Trivia (beating of the Chest????)  Hmmm....maybe the reason that the Port Mann Bridge ended up being the WIDEST in British Columbia is because of the Tape Measures they were using ..... Metric and Imperial!
Compared to the Alex Fraser Bridge, the new Port Mann Bridge is five metres longer and 25 feet taller.
The immensely unpopular Port Mann Toll Bridge hasn't managed to weather one winter storm yet, let alone the storm of protest from Motorists, Pedestrian and Cyclists alike, and all because the BC Liberal Crown Corporation had to close the bridge twice because of ICE from above, ICE from below.  The only good thing to say about the bridge is that the "Best Before Date" won't kick in until two problems are resolved by the Contractors, and then it's good for 100 years.

As a comparison, the No-Toll Lions Gate Bridge at the First Narrows of Burrard Inlet was built in 1938, in a year and a half, lasted for 63 years until it needed to be refurbished with a wider decking in 2000-2001.  With that Upgrade costing $100 million, it's now been given a clean bill of health for the same time frame of the new Port Mann Bridge.  Go figure. 
We decided to have another look at the "birth" of  Port Mann Bridge (2012), especially as to what happened before it's conception.  Who was screwing around, and what ever happened to it's Planned Parenthood.

We found it strange that an arranged "marriage" between Engineers and Politicians would use a human term to describe a "germ" of an idea between them to eventually have the off-spring delivered through something called, in abstract terms????  ........  the "Gateway".

Looks like, from this image, that either the New Port Mann Bridge is in the Wrong location, or, the BC Liberal Government, couldn't, as part of it's responsibility, purchase enough property...... or the Two legged support towers was never feasible.  Quite possibly, the New Port Mann Bridge was NEVER supposed to be the widest Bridge in British Columbia, costing twice, thrice of the original plan.



Our research beginnings for this topic required us to limit ourselves to PPT files aka PowerPoinT

#1 Google search Criteria  Gateway Program, BC. Public Private Partnerships 

First solid Result is.... questionable... May be.....:

May be DB Contractor
File Format: Microsoft Powerpoint - View as HTML
Richard Fyfe, COO Gateway Program, BC. Public Private Partnerships: Top-Down Support. “Having modern, reliable infrastructure in place allows businesses to ...
From within "fyfe.ppt", there's Slide, #3, where Christy's former Boss is tut tutting the Public:

“Since we launched the public/private initiative in 2002, we have actually either started or completed $4.7 billion in new P3 projects...that is the future of Development in the Province of British Columbia:  Better value, on time, on budget.  So, in the future, we’re going to work with you, but we will insist that Partnerships BC look at major Projects and the base case in British Columbia will be P3’s unless Partnerships BC says there’s a compelling reason to do otherwise.  P3 will be the Standard in British Columbia for three reasons:  They work for you, they work for us, and most importantly, they work for the taxpayers that we work for.” British Columbia Premier Gordon Campbell - Speech to UBCM, October 27, 2006

 Kind of a weird way to write that last sentence ..... 

(P3's) work for (taxpayers) you
(P3's) work for BC Liberals
(P3's) work for taxpayers
BC Liberals work for insiders, taxpayers????

#2 Google Search:
BC or tolls Port Mann Bridge "Availability payments" filetype:ppt

#3A   Google Search:
 (Availability payments or tolls

#3B Google Search:
 Partnership BC "Availability payments or tolls"

Without quotes on tolls but quotes on availability payments generated this:

#3C Google Search:
 Partnership BC "Availability payments" or tolls

#3D Google Search:
Modified by adding PMB:   BC "Availability payments" or tolls Port Mann Bridge

This Link, entitled "Value for Money State of the Practice - 2011" has extensive writings on British Columbia's practices on P3s with Note 48 used twice to explain why BC "Risk should be extensively analyzed ......"
48 Partnerships British Columbia, "Methodology for Quantitative Procurement Options Analysis Discussion Paper"  Updated January 2010.  Retrieved from on March 16, 2010 
British Columbia British Columbia (BC) also possesses an extensive best practices approach to the quantification of costs for both the traditional and P3 procurement.  The approach lays out in great detail how procuring agencies should assess risk, long-term maintenance and operating costs, financing costs, and adjustments for tax and insurance.  According to the Provinces' Methodology for Quantitative Procurement Options Analysis Discussion Paper, risk should be extensively analyzed.48  

Partnership BC, the lead Crown Corporation that oversaw, oversees all P3s explains how a project like the Port Mann Bridge should handle Risk Management by the Engineers, the Contractor, and the BC Liberal Government.

It's already been shown at one our own Posts, so too for Northern Insight, and then the Press of the history of ICE Bombs from similar Bridges in North America, such as the Port Mann, as far back as 2000.

Here's Partnership BC own advise on how Risk Management should be proceeded, before the Contract is signed....  What happened?

Page 23


Page 25
Page 25

".........Or from an analysis of all relevant information available to the CONTRACTOR prior to contract commencement"!!!


J MacDuff (Weatherguy) said...

Having been involved on the weather side of Road Mtnc issues for years in BC and the budding of Road Weather Information Systems (RWIS) in BC, I find it difficult that speed was the deciding factor.

Ice build up on the road was the culprit. The occurrence and treatment is responsibility of the Contractor. It is in each contract that the Ministry of Transportation writes and enforces.

Regular patrols were said to be done. Are there records of the individual patrols?

Are there not road sensors embedded in the road surface to warn of ice accretion that are monitored remotely by computer during suspected events? RWIS is structured to give automated alarms when certain thresholds are met, such as temperatures that would produce icing. This should have been included in the construction Contractor’ s contract, as bridges are known to ice.

North Van's Grumps said...

Weatherguy >

There are sensors in the road, Surrey side of the Fraser River, but they're there just to do a motor vehicle count, and one other minor detail, the SPEED of a vehicle. Having said that, the Sensors are in real time, which means that the department of Highways that monitors all our roads.... have sensors imbedded in every highway in BC.... would know, not just visually via the limited number of Web Cameras, but by facts.

They know that the posted speed on the Coquihalla is 110 kilometers, but the recorded data says otherwise. 130 and higher is the norm.

If the approaches to the Port Mann Bridge, Surrey side is down to a crawl, they would know that something is amiss because it's no longer the Worst Bottleneck in BC (Christy Clark's very own words).

There is a known, practiced way, to control the lanes of traffic and I will about that as a New Post later.