And apparently the Golden Gate Bridge is getting one.
And in related technology:
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!
This vaguely reminds me of the castle-truck-thing in "The Adolescence of Utena"...
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.
I have no idea what you're talking about, but after that comment I need to find out.
Hopefully the grabwheels there are as cribbly and 'catepillary' as they seem to be, too. This must be the best work-rig out there.
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!"
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.
It's the only way they keep anyone living there.
I need to find a video of one in action.
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.
I saw one of those on mopac
Next year's model has cup holders.
what's with the giant giraffe behind the tree??
THERE IS NO GIRAFFE.
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...
It's special rebar, with hinges.
And it comes with a magic truck.
It's only been, what, 15 years since they vowed to put a more secure barrier on the bridge?
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.
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.