In 1995 in Boston Mass. construction began build the D street tunnel to link the I90 freeway to the Ted Williams Tunnel. It was completed in 2005. Just one year later,July 10, 2006, a women in a passenger car was traveling east bound thru the D Street Tunnel.
As she approached the end of the tunnel, a large panel from the suspended ceiling fell, detaching abruptly from their anchors.
26 tons of concrete and suspension hardware fell, crushing the car
& killing a 38yr old woman.
All the time and effort that went into the construction of this tunnel, gone. Why? Because it separated itself from its anchor.
How did this disaster happen? What went wrong? Investigators began looking at the epoxy that held the anchor in place in a study that engineers call the “Creep Factor”
This is where you fix any plastic at one end and a load at the other end and over time you can come back
and measure it and it will have stretched. This is 'creep'.
Scientists found creep in the bolts that were secured in the concrete of this disaster. There were signs that the epoxy had pulled away from the concrete surface within the anchor holds. Instead of using the standard set epoxy that had less 'creep' tendency, they took short cuts & used 'fast set' epoxy in the construction of the tunnel.
Fast set has a much higher rate of creep.
The repair cost for such a mistake was over $54 million and a young woman's life.
Principle 7, "Reserve a daily time with God for self examination, Bible readings and prayer in order to know God and His will for my life and to gain the power to follow His will." With this daily time, yes there is a cost but what will the cost be down the road if we don't?
Sometimes we can try to find short cuts to our recovery but when we do this we begin a slow process of separation (creep) from our Anchor and disaster is looming.
Is there something in your life that is causing 'creep', or separation from your Anchor, Jesus Christ? The best thing we can do is fall on our face before our Lord in confession and stop the creep in its tracks. I must remember that the choices I make today will not only effect me, but others around me as well.
"Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly."Colossians 3:16