Thursday, August 9, 2007

35W bridge collapse was predicted, well documented and totally avoidable

State bridge inspectors warned for nearly a decade before its collapse that the Interstate 35W bridge had "severe" and "extensive" corrosion of its beams and trusses, "widespread cracking" in spans and missing or broken bolts.Not only was the superstructure in poor condition, but certain components were "beyond tolerable limits," and one of the bridge's piers had "tilted to the north," they reported.
I-35W inspectors flagged serious cracks, rusting

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