Rodney Mallett Talks About The Sunshine Bridge

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How was the Sunshine Bridge able to re-open so quickly?

Back in October a barge hit the Sunshine Bridge and caused significant damage.  On Sunday, a ship hit the bridge again but the bridge was only closed for 2 hours.  To explain why the bridge re-opened so quickly, Brian had Rodney Mallett from the Department of Transportation on the show to talk about the situation.  Mallett says that in October, the barge hit the support structures of the bridge which made it potentially unsafe to use.  On Sunday, a ship hit the fender system that protects the bridge so there was no significant damage.  Mallett says that the structure was put through a safety inspection before the bridge was re-opened.  Mallett then talks about the frequency in which the Sunshine Bridge is actually struck by different vessels but most of the time there is no structural damage.

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Brian Haldane

Brian started in radio in late 2004 as a part-time board operator, but “made his bones” in the business a year later when Hurricane Katrina struck, catapulting him into a full time position covering both news and production of live broadcasts. Haldane was promoted to Program Director in 2008 and held that post until 2011 when he was recruited to help launch a new station. In 2011, Brian helped launch Talk 107.3 FM. He was the morning show co-host, and helped build the show and the station into a top 10 performer. From there, Brian has moved on to work in Inbound Marketing, where he strives to marry the worlds of traditional advertising w/ the marketing methods of tomorrow. He also hosts a number of podcasts, including The Red Bayou Show, which is featured here.

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