Zipper Truck!

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19 Responses:

  1. teferi says:

    They use one of these to switch the lanes on the Tappan Zee Bridge north of NYC as well. Very cool to watch in operation!

  2. vxo says:

    This vaguely reminds me of the castle-truck-thing in "The Adolescence of Utena"...

    • pyrop says:

      Yeah, except there's probably not creepy black cars dropping from its undercarriage and the barriers don't come out as a nude lesbian street luge in the end.

  3. whohou says:

    Hopefully the grabwheels there are as cribbly and 'catepillary' as they seem to be, too. This must be the best work-rig out there.

  4. bitterjesus says:

    Not sure what I'd use it for, but I'm envisioning some sort of Burning Man roving art project, possibly involving the creation of roving "Free Art" zones, a la the Arbusto Administration's "Free Speech" zones.

    "I'm sorry, citizen, you'll have to take that art behind the barrier."
    "But, but . . . it's The Man!"

  5. You aren't a REAL city until you've got Jersey barriers that are moved by a gigantic truck.

    Of course, I would say that, given that barriers are named for the state on the other side of the Delaware River from where I live. You can get there by crossing, say, the Benjamin Franklin Bridge, which uses one of these.

    And you can go there for free, but you have to pay to leave New Jersey.

    • jsbowden says:

      And you can go there for free, but you have to pay to leave New Jersey.

      It's the only way they keep anyone living there.

  6. ksilebo says:

    I need to find a video of one in action.

    • skreidle says:

      Yes! I can't find one anywhere. (I note that jwz's post here is the #1 google result for "zipper truck", followed by the article he linked to in the #2 slot.

      Far too many videos of clothing zipper machines, though.

      Edit: Videos! From the company that makes the machine in the photos.

  7. litch says:

    I saw one of those on mopac

  8. Next year's model has cup holders.

  9. violentbloom says:

    what's with the giant giraffe behind the tree??

  10. mackys says:

    The design is a concrete-steel barrier which measures twelve inches wide and stands 32 inches high. It is estimated to cost $25 million and will be paid primarily through state and federal funding.

    That's some expensive rebar, ese...

  11. lavaca says:

    It's only been, what, 15 years since they vowed to put a more secure barrier on the bridge?

  12. every time I ride my motorbike across the GG bridge late night /early morning some jackass likes to flip a u-turn mid bridge. This will stop them.

  13. greatbiggary says:

    I always wondered who bought those giant copper giraffes. There's a guy in LA on Washington where it splits into two different Washingtons for unknown reasons that has a lawn full of them, as well as T-Rexes, and a few other things. He has an excuse, though. He makes and sell them. At least, I think he does. He could just be one of those crazy copper cat ladies, I suppose.