El Rancho– What my apartment building smells like.
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Standing on the highway
It’s always a good idea to hold onto your hardhat when you are standing next to a semi as it screams by at 65 mph. I’m working on a story about bridges in Northeastern Pennsylvania. I’ve been analyzing inspection data from the state Department of Transportation and talking to folks about the lack of money that’s needed to repair the hundreds of bridges in the region that...
The Unknown Caller
He’s called twice in the past five days, both times at exactly 7 p.m. “Mr. Sweet, I want to talk to you about a friend of mine,” he says slowly, almost pausing between every word. This unknown caller is one of the more interesting parts of being a reporter. The first time he called, I bent over the keyboard and was able to create a near-perfect transcript of our conversation....
More Bridge Stuff
With a little SQL and Fusion Table magic, I’ve mapped all the structurally deficient bridges in Wyoming, Luzerne and Lackawanna counties and set up the markers to correspond to each bridges sufficiency rating (the measurement of the bridge’s integrity with 100 being best). Some bridges have a high sufficiency rating but are still considered structurally deficient. Purple = 100 - 76...
Luzerne County's Structurally Deficient Bridges
More than one out of four bridges in Luzerne County is considered structurally deficient by the Federal Highway Administration. Check out the map below to see which ones are the worst.