Structurally Deficient

The Interstate 35W bridge that collapsed in Minneapolis on Wednesday and killed at least 9 people had been rated as “structurally deficient” as early as 1990 by the US government which at the time cited corrosion in it s bearings. Story here.

Photo courtesy ShangaiDaily 

In another story, Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty ” said the bridge was inspected by the Minnesota Department of Transportation in 2005 and 2006 and that no structural problems were noted. “There were some minor things that needed attention,” he said.  Story here.

In Quebec there are 140 + overpasses that are in a questionable condition regarding user safety. In 2000 one man was killed when a concrete beam fell, and 5 more died in 2006 when an overpass collapsed. Was Laval our tragedy, or is there more to come?

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