Bridge Safety

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The head of the National Transportation Safety Board is calling the bridge collapse in Minneapolis an "anomaly" and says people shouldn't be worried about general bridge safety.

With that said, NTSB Chairman Mark Rosenker (ROH'-zen-kur) tells the morning talk shows that as a result of this catastrophic disaster, officials will be re-examining safety rules to find out if they should be tightened.

Rosenker says the now-familiar surveillance video showing the collapse is an important clue. He tells NBC it could put the investigation months ahead of where it might be otherwise. He also says it's too early for officials to know if the accident could have been avoided.

More than 75,000 bridges across the country are rated structurally deficient like the span that collapsed in Minneapolis. An engineers group says fixing them could take a generation and cost about 190 billion dollars.


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  • by Kathy Location: Rockford on Aug 4, 2007 at 08:30 AM
    The Morgan Street Bridge needs to be replaced. The consulting engineers have prepared project information, which has been presented to the public. The land south of College Avenue and west of Seminary Street is critical to this project. Governor Blagojevich needs to include funds for this project in the state budget, right now! The bridge, built in 1916, is dangerous. I have been told by engineers that the deck is in bad shape but the supports are alright. The deck is in bad shape, with metal plates covering holes that you can see the river through. The supports do not look safe. The cement is crumbling and the exposed metal supports are rusted. Rockford doesn't need a tragedy like Minneapolis.
  • by Dan Location: Forreston on Aug 4, 2007 at 02:30 AM
    With all this tax money that is supposed to go to road repair and we have to worry about a bridge collapsing when we drive over it. Tell me, where is the money going??
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