Warnings To Other States About Bridge Construction

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- The head of the U.S. Transportation Department is sending out a warning to all states about bridge construction work in the aftermath of last week's collapse in Minneapolis.

Transportation Secretary Mary Peters says during construction or repair projects, planners need to consider the impact of the additional weight on the structures. She says the National Transportation Safety Board is looking into that angle as it investigates the collapse of the I-35W bridge. Investigators are checking reports of wobbling on the bridge and say they're also concerned about steel plates used to tie beams together.

A company that was working on the bridge denies one of its workers spotted unusual swaying in the days before the collapse.

Five people are confirmed dead. Navy divers are still searching the river for eight others who are missing and presumed to have died.


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