Googlestreet is a time machine
After getting my daily chuckle from the 11foot8 bridge, I wondered: What's the LOWEST underpass on a public road open to cars? Needless to say, there's a long discussion
of the topic on a Roads forum. The most impressive entries are in Europe, including a couple in the 5 foot range that hold only low sedans. Not even tall enough for an adult walker.
I remembered a 7-footer under the Turnpike in Lawrence, but Googlestreet shows that it has been replaced by a bridge over the Turnpike. Enid has one constant truck-catcher on East Maine. Checked it with Googlestreet:
Yup, still there. Moving in closer to read the clearance sign:
WAIT. What just happened?
Moved back and forth several times to be sure. Apparently Googlestreet mixes views from different years into the overall stream. The view from a block away is earlier. When the closer view was taken, somebody had given the bridge a self-explanatory emoticon!
Nice work. As I've noted before,
Enid has avoided the small-town fade by maintaining a variety of industries. It's no longer a refining town, and the grain elevators are mostly empty (SIN!) but it holds onto oil service and farm service and most of all the Air Force base. Enid has a thriving civic culture, which shows up in museums and public artworks like this one.
Incidentally, it's 11'4. Slightly lower than the famous truck-eater but not dramatic. Spokane has several truck-eaters in the 11 range just south of downtown.
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