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03-15-2018 09:28 PM  3 months agoPost 1
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How in the hell does this happen? They are saying it could be 6-10 people dead underneath the bridge in cars. This bridge was built off site and put in early this week. Check out this tweet and video from the President of FIU when it was going in early this week. This seems to be a engineering construction disaster. https://twitter.com/FIU/status/972529770683564033

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03-16-2018 02:03 AM  3 months agoPost 2
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I just read that it is 4 people killed...What a tragedy.

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03-16-2018 02:37 AM  3 months agoPost 3
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This is a model of the end result. The tower and supporting cables were coming later? Not enough temp supports until complete? Tragedy.

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03-16-2018 03:23 AM  3 months agoPost 4
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This is a model of the end result. The tower and supporting cables were coming later? Not enough temp supports until complete? Tragedy.
Ok, gives me a better picture. Still a terrible mistake and tragedy.

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03-16-2018 04:21 AM  3 months agoPost 5
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This is a model of the end result. The tower and supporting cables were coming later? Not enough temp supports until complete? Tragedy.
In a fact sheet of “preliminary findings,” FDOT emphasized that the Florida International University pedestrian project was a “local agency project” under contract with FIU, and not one managed by the state.

He emphasized this was “not a FDOT project” and said “we will hold anybody accountable if anybody has done anything wrong.”

Under the contract, however, the project required “an independent, secondary design check,” and the design team, FIGG Bridge Engineers, hired another engineering firm, Louis Berger. That firm “was not FDOT pre-qualified for this service, which is required under FIU’s agreement with the state. FIU’s design build team is responsible for selecting a pre-qualified firm and ensuring this process is followed,” the release said.

http://www.miamiherald.com/news/loc...e205426634.html
My opinion: This looks sloppy. The folks approving the design were not authorized by the state to do this. FIGG Bridge Engineers failed to verify Louis Berger was legit or Louis Berger misrepresented himself. If all the design work were correct, proper construction and/or erection was at fault. Looks like inspectors may have done some rubber stamping.

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03-16-2018 05:36 AM  3 months agoPost 6
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Here's why the bridge was really built...to make money for a real estate development. It never was about safety.

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03-16-2018 02:14 PM  3 months agoPost 7
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yep. There's a perfectly good crosswalk right there. A pedestrian got killed a while back and this was part of their knee-jerk reaction. I read today that the company doing the structural inspection was not licensed by the State. If so, that's a HUGE blunder by the State, as Florida has a large PEER review program for design on most large civil projects such as this. So they failed on a few levels.

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03-16-2018 03:04 PM  3 months agoPost 8
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fla heli boy
I read today that the company doing the structural inspection was not licensed by the State.
That's what the state is saying.

Another issue is the fact the bridge collapsed AFTER a stress test was performed.

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03-16-2018 03:51 PM  3 months agoPost 9
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Watch at YouTube

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03-17-2018 04:19 AM  3 months agoPost 10
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Too soon to march for more bridge control?

Anything is possible if you don't know what you are talking about!

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03-17-2018 04:55 AM  3 months agoPost 11
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Engineer called to report cracks in Florida bridge days before it collapsed
Two days before a pedestrian bridge collapsed onto a busy roadway at Florida International University, an engineer working on the project called the Florida Department of Transportation to say he had observed cracking on the span, the department said late Friday. It was not immediately clear whether cracking contributed to the collapse, which killed at least six people and injured nine others.

The call came in to a landline phone at the department and went unanswered because the employee assigned to the phone had been out of the office on assignment, the department said. It released a transcript of a voicemail the engineer had left.

"Hey Tom, this is Denney Pate with FIGG bridge engineers," the voicemail said. "Calling to, uh, share with you some information about the FIU pedestrian bridge and some cracking that's been observed on the north end of the span, the pylon end of that span we moved this weekend. Um, so, uh, we've taken a look at it and, uh, obviously some repairs or whatever will have to be done but from a safety perspective we don't see that there's any issue there so we're not concerned about it from that perspective although obviously the cracking is not good and something's going to have to be, you know, done to repair that."

At a news conference Friday night, officials from the National Transportation Safety Board said they could not yet say whether cracking contributed to the collapse, the Associated Press reported. They also said workers were trying to strengthen a diagonal member on the bridge when it collapsed.

http://www.latimes.com/nation/la-na...0316-story.html

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