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Wednesday, November 2 2005

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Collapsing Building

A collapsing building caused me to be late for work, and late getting home. I was late for work because of the traffic, and I was late home because I went to gawk at the building.

This event dominated the news all day.

In the morning, they were saying on the radio that the collapse had happened on Epping road (this turned out to be wrong) and that the road was closed. Therefore, the traffic was being diverted onto other roads - and one of them was a road that I travel on.

Gridlock at Lane Cove

Gridlock in the mirror at Lane Cove

After work, I went to Lane Cove to gawk. I parked in the village and walked up to the site which is on Longueville Road near the Pacific Highway.

This map from the SMH website incorrectly labels the road at the site of the collapse as Epping Road. That section is actually Longueville Road.

The city-bound lanes of Longueville Road between Epping Road and the Pacific Highway overpass were still closed when I arrived. The hole itself was not visible from my vantage point on the other side of the road, but I'd heard that they had filled it with concrete to prevent further collapse of the building.

The building

There was a party atmosphere as people gathered to gawk from the other side of the road.

The floor had fallen out of the corner room of one unit.

The media were out in force, hoping to film the anticipated collapse of the rest of the building.

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Old Bread

When buying bread at the supermarket, I always check the use-by dates and pick out the bag with the latest date I can find. Today during my search at Coles, I found this...

Note the green bits

From Message
Matthew Wadwell
3/11/2005
5261 Days Ago
Actually, according to the UBD map, the new "skylight to the tunnel" is on Epping road.

Check out www.whereis.com.au to have a look. (Whereis uses UBD maps.)

And as to the people hanging around to see if the units collapse, perhaps I should go over and see if I can help.... (VEG)

From Message
Webslave
3/11/2005
5261 Days Ago
Yes, that's interesting. But I noticed that the map on the front page of today's SMH is now calling it Longueville Rd.

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