A year ago, the Interstate 35W bridge which crosses the Mississippi River in Minnesota collapsed, killing 13 people and injuring more than 130. Federal investigators are finding fault with the bridge design saying that poor engineering led steel plates to buckle, not the lack of maintenance or corrosion. Apparently the steel plates were half the thickness that was required.
The bridge was an eight lane steel truss arch bridge and was built in 1967. It carried approximately 140,000 vehicles a day. The collapse occurred during rush hour on August 1, 2007. It was a horrifying scene with cars and trucks falling into the rushing river below the bridge.
“The collapse was the result of a serious design error,” said Mark Bagnard, the NTSB’s lead investigator in the case.
The National Transportation Safety Board is currently conducting hearings on the accident which made many people concerned about bridge safety throughout the States.
One of the factors in the bridge collapse, according to testimony, was that “nearly 300 tons of construction equipment and materials being used to repair sections of the roadway were piled on top of the steel plates at the time.”
As reported by By Jon Hilkevitch of the Chicago Tribune in The Seattle Times.
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