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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