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Florida school says it was aware of bridge cracks before fatal collapse...

Posted by on Mar. 18, 2018 at 9:56 PM
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This is so sad. To those who lost their lives and to those left behind...condolences to all.

I hadn't seen or read too much about this until today, what I read today is heart breaking and disturbing.

The engineer overseeing the bridge reported an issue 2 days prior.

Engineers and state and university officials met hours before a newly built pedestrian bridge collapsed, killing six people, but concluded that a crack in the bridge was not a safety concern, Florida International University said on Saturday.

The two-hour meeting on Thursday involved FIGG, which is the private contractor for the overall design of the bridge, the school, Florida Department of Transportation officials and Munilla Construction Management (MCM), which installed the bridge.

A FIGG engineer "concluded there were no safety concerns and the crack did not compromise the structural integrity of the bridge," FIU said in a statement on Saturday.

About three hours after the meeting concluded, the 950-ton, $14.2 million bridge fell down, crushing vehicles stopped at a traffic light on the eight-lane roadway below. At least six people, including three whose bodies were recovered on Saturday, were killed. Police said four vehicles are believed to be still under the collapsed bridge and more bodies may be recovered from the rubble.

News of the meeting followed a revelation late on Friday that the engineer overseeing the bridge, which linked the FIU campus with the city of Sweetwater, had called a state official two days before the collapse to report cracks.

https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/us/florida-school-says-it-was-aware-of-bridge-cracks-before-fatal-collapse/ar-BBKltTS?li=BBnbcA0&OCID=AVRES000%252cspartanntp#image=BBKltTS_1|3

  • The $14.2m project was funded by the US Department of Transportation.
  • The bridge connects the university with the city of Sweetwater and was installed on Saturday in six hours over the eight-lane highway, according to a story that was posted on the universityโ€™s website. It was 174ft (53 meters) long and weighed 950 tons.

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2018/mar/15/florida-international-university-fiu-bridge-collapse-latest (includes video)

Additional Information/Video:

miami.cbslocal.com/2018/03/16/bridge-collapse-florida-international-university-miami-ntsb/

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Lb128f
by Linda on Mar. 18, 2018 at 10:08 PM
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The bridge was intended to provide a walkway over Southwest Eighth Street, one of the busiest roads in south Florida. An 18-year-old FIU student from San Diego was killed while trying to cross the street near campus last August, according to local media reports.

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-florida-bridge/florida-foot-bridge-collapse-leaves-four-people-dead-idUSKCN1GR2SZ

AndrewsMomPDX
by Christine on Mar. 19, 2018 at 12:39 AM
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What a tragedy
ninamsi
by Philly Mom/Nina on Mar. 19, 2018 at 2:12 AM
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The sad part is that no matter what occurs now will bring back six people to their families and friends.

Lb128f
by Linda on Mar. 19, 2018 at 4:00 AM
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Sadly, so very true.

Quoting ninamsi:

The sad part is that no matter what occurs now will bring back six people to their families and friends.


wildchild.com
by Janine on Mar. 19, 2018 at 8:11 AM
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Yep so sad & your right Nina nothing can replace those 6 lives.

Quoting Lb128f:

Sadly, so very true.

Quoting ninamsi:

The sad part is that no matter what occurs now will bring back six people to their families and friends.

doodlepuss
by Sheri on Mar. 19, 2018 at 9:57 AM
I read that they were using a new technique where the traffic wouldn't have to be stopped very often. Something about swinging in the large middle section pre-made. Sounds like a bad idea. The whole thing is so awful.๐Ÿ˜”
JennaBea
by Suprina on Mar. 19, 2018 at 11:56 AM
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So sad :(

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