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It’s almost like we planned this

Biden is coming to Pittsburgh today to give a speech on infrastructure and guess what happened at about 8am this morning:

This is about 5 miles from my house on a major road bordering a beautiful and popular city park.

It could have been a lot worse. No one was killed and it looks like 10 people were injured but not seriously.

But the loss of the bridge is major. Google maps show traffic around the incident majorly FUBARed. In Pittsburgh, hollows are everywhere. That’s why we have so many bridges.

I don’t think this was a conspiracy that was in any way related to Biden’s trip. It was just an event that was waiting to happen. It might have happened sooner if Covid hadn’t kept more commuters off the roads for the past two years. But it’s still a big problem. Not sure how we’re going to get around this bridge. It would have been worse if it had been over one of the three rivers but it’s still pretty bad.

Forbes Ave is a major road from downtown Pittsburgh to the east neighborhoods.