A crack was noted in the pedestrian bridge at Florida International University days before the bridge collapsed Thursday, killing at least six people and injuring 10. According to FIU, the two firms responsible for the “instant bridge” met just hours before the tragic collapse to “discuss a crack that appeared on the structure.” Fox News reports that they found no safety concerns at that time.
From Fox: In a statement released early Saturday, the university said the Design Build Team of MCM and FIGG Bridge Group met at the site of the bridge Thursday morning for about two hours with representatives from FIU and the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT).
The school said the engineer of record with FIGG gave a “technical presentation regarding the crack and concluded that there were no safety concerns and the crack did not compromise the structural integrity of the bridge.”
“The investigation is ongoing to determine the collapse of the bridge, and FIU is fully cooperating with all authorities to understand what happened,” the statement concluded.
The university’s statement came hours after reports emerged Friday about an engineer’s warning of cracks on the structure just days before it collapsed Thursday. The FDOT acknowledged the engineer left the voicemail notifying the department of cracking in the concrete.
That engineer was Denney Pate with FIGG Bridge Group. According to a transcript from Fox, Pate said: “…from a safety perspective we don’t see that there’s any issue there so we’re not concerned about it from that perspective.”
The National Transportation Safety Board announced that it would be launching its own, independent investigation into the collapse at a news conference late Friday.
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