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Deficient Bridges Report reveals the state of bridges across U.S. (62KB)



Associated Press - (APTN)
Aug. 02, 2007. 06:14 PM EST
Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty is calling for a review of all bridges in his state following the collapse of a span Wednesday in Minneapolis. Transportation officials days the bridge rated 50 on a scale of 100 for structural stability. (Aug. 2)

Associated Press - (APTN)
Aug. 02, 2007. 05:07 PM EST
Advances in technology and available video footage is helping the NTSB in their investigation of the bridge collapse in Minnesota, Chairman Mark Rosenker said Thursday. (Aug. 2)

Associated Press - (APTN)
Aug. 02, 2007. 05:40 PM EST
Those first on the scene of Wednesday's bridge collapse say they had never seen anything like what they encountered. (Aug. 2)

The U.S. Dept. of Transportation has advised all states to do immediate inspections of the type of bridge that collapsed Aug. 1 in Minneapolis. The Federal Highway Administration guidance memorandum, announced Aug. 2, went to all state DOTs and other bridge owners.

FHWA data show there are 756 steel deck truss bridges in the U.S. with what DOT calls the "relatively unique" design of the Interstate–35 bridge in Minneapolis. DOT Secretary Mary E. Peters said, "Even though we don't know what caused this collapse, we want states to immediately and thoroughly examine all similar spans out of an abundance of caution."

In addition, Peters asked DOT's Inspector General to do "a top–to–bottom review" of the national bridge inspection program and recommend improvements that may be needed.