Bridge Collapse Update

WHITE HOUSE (AP) -- Transportation officials now say the bridge that collapsed in Minneapolis yesterday rated 50 on a scale of 100 two years ago for structural stability, and that it was classified as "structurally deficient." Earlier, the White House said that rating was 50 out of 120.

Either way, Transportation Secretary Mary Peters says a rating of "structurally deficient" doesn't mean that the bridge is unsafe. She says it means that "some portions of the bridge need to be scheduled for repair or replacement."

Peters spoke after touring the collapsed bridge site. She says the bridge had been on a schedule for inspection every two years.

She's also announced a five-million-dollar grant to help pay for re-routing traffic patterns around the disaster site.

Members of the state's congressional delegation say up to 100 million could be available for repairs and recovery.

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  • by Doug Location: Northern Illinois on Aug 3, 2007 at 04:31 AM
    My family and I have crossed this bridge a few times visiting the mall. It is a shame that this happened. But now we have the media speculating what happened. If our infrastructure is failing why? what did they do with the taxes received by the motor tax? Why are they saying 53 million dollars to fix our roads? Did they use the road taxes for something else? Sounds like the oil companies with their lack of Preventative Maintnenance.
  • by Julia Location: Rockford on Aug 2, 2007 at 04:27 PM
    I think that our government needs to think very hard about our countries roads and bridges. We have a bridge in Rockford that had a story on a couple years ago (Morgan) and I heard that it was swaying back and forth. I cant even go across that bridge anymore and everyone has all these big plans about how they are going to fix it but it dosent seem to be moving anywhere. It SHOULD be HIGH PIRORITY to fix stuff like that. We all want to fix that UGLY orange box downtown instead of fixing a bridge that has needed it for a long time. I hope this opens peoples eyes. It's stupid that an accident like this has to happen for us to thinkl like this.
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