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    Collapse of pedestrian bridge connecting the campus of Florida International University (FIU) with the city of Sweetwater


    Instant bridge? Not quite, but in a single morning Florida International University dropped a new elevated pedestrian span into place over the Tamiami Trail to provide students a safe route over the perilous roadway for the first time.

    Once it?s finished in early 2019, the new pedestrian bridge will link FIU?s Modesto A. Maidique Campus directly to the small suburban city of Sweetwater, where the university estimates 4,000 of its students live.

    The rapid span installation was the result of months of preparation. The bridge?s main 174-foot span was assembled by the side of the Trail while support towers were built at either end.

    Read more here: http://www.miamiherald.com/news/loca...#storylink=cpy



    A newly installed pedestrian bridge connecting the campus of Florida International University (FIU) with the city of Sweetwater west of Miami collapsed on Thursday, crushing several cars on the roadway below. Florida Highway Patrol Lt. Alejandro Camacho tells CBS News there are "several fatalities" resulting from the collapse. He said the bridge was still under construction and not open to pedestrians.

    Aerial footage from CBS Miami shows vehicles stuck underneath the 174-foot, 950-ton bridge. First responders were seen placing one victim in an ambulance. At least three patients were transported to the hospital, according to Miami-Dade Fire Rescue.

    "Me and my boyfriend had just driven under the bridge," witness Isabella Carrasco told CBSN. "We actually commented on how new it was ... We had heard a loud bang. At first, we thought we had hit something, and when we looked around, we realized the bridge had collapsed on multiple cars. I didn't see any pedestrians walking on the bridge. When we looked around we saw that it was much, much worse."
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    A pedestrian bridge under construction collapsed Thursday, just days after crews dropped an elevated 950-ton span in place in a project that was intended to give Florida International University students a safe route across the busy roadway.

    The bridge crashed across six lanes of heavily traveled Tamiami Trail, crushing a still undetermined number of car and killing a still unclear number of people. Police on the scene said at least six people could be dead. The Florida Highway Patrol reported five or six cars were trapped under the bridge. Miami-Dade County police said at least eight cars had been crushed under the walkway, which was not yet open to student traffic.

    At least eight people had been transported to the trauma center at Kendall Regional Medical Center, according to a source close to the hospital. The condition of the patients is not yet known.

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    Our family’s thoughts and prayers go out to everyone affected by this terrible tragedy. The new UniversityCity Bridge, which was under construction, experienced a catastrophic collapse causing injuries and loss of life. MCM is a family business and we are all devastated and doing everything we can to assist. We will conduct a full investigation to determine exactly what went wrong and will cooperate with investigators on scene in every way.

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    Just the other day they were on their Twitter account touting how wonderful and safe and amazing it was.

    Yay. Winning.

    I have a friend in school there. He says it's madness right now.


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    Fuuck. There's so many cars under there. I hoped there'd be hardly any but it looks packed :(



    I don't get FOX news here, but I'm seeing tweets from people saying they're reporting there was stress testing being performed by engineers when it collapsed. I hope it's bullshit



    Edit : Probably not bullshit, they sound like the kind of companies who'd fail to minimise risk to the public before testing

    http://www.miaminewtimes.com/news/fi...tices-10176596

    Construction Firms Behind Collapsed FIU Bridge Faced Accusations of Unsafe Practices
    TIM ELFRINK, BRITTANY SHAMMAS | MARCH 15, 2018 | 3:32PM

    Two of the biggest firms that built the Florida International University pedestrian bridge that collapsed today have recently been accused of unsafe practices. In one of those cases, another bridge project toppled onto workers.

    Police and fire-rescue personnel are still on the scene at FIU, where multiple people died in the rubble of the 950-ton bridge, which crumbled onto SW Eighth Street traffic. Investigators will likely spend weeks sorting out what went wrong on the project, which was described by the school as a state-of-the-art bridge made with new, high-tech materials.
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    The Miami-Dade County fire chief said four people were found dead at the site of a pedestrian bridge collapse and that nine had been taken to area hospitals.
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    https://www.local10.com/news/florida...pse-death-toll

    Update 6 people are reported dead at the bridge.

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    https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/us/co...id=mailsignout

    The pedestrian walkway that collapsed Thursday in Miami, killing at least six people, was being built using a popular but relatively new bridge technology specifically designed to speed construction while maintaining safety.

    It took only six hours on Saturday to install the 174-foot pedestrian walkway, part of the 320-foot-long FIU-Sweetwater University City Bridge project at Florida International University, which had been scheduled for completion early next year. The project was to have included 9,900 feet of event space that didn't cross the roadway.

    Under a method called accelerated bridge construction, which the university helped popularize beginning in 2010, the entire walkway was built by the side of Southwest Eighth Street, a seven-lane highway, and was driven into its perpendicular position across the road in just six hours, the university said.

    It was the largest U.S. pedestrian bridge to have been moved that way and the first in the world to have been built from so-called self-cleaning concrete, which grabs pollutants from the air, the university said.
    Just 10 days ago, Munilla was sued in state circuit court in Miami by a worker for the Transportation Security Administration, who claimed that he was injured in October 2016 when a temporary bridge collapsed at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport, where Munilla is in charge of a $128 million expansion project.

    The complaint, which was obtained by NBC News, accuses Munilla of "shoddy" work. Tesha Allison, a lawyer for the plaintiff, Jose Perez, said he suffered broken bones and spinal injuries.

    State and federal court records list several other actions against Munilla, which isn't unusual for large, successful construction companies. The company has a strong reputation within the industry and has worked for major clients, like Southwest Airlines and the cities of Miami and Dallas, according to Construction News, an industry trade journal.

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    https://www.wsj.com/articles/miami-p...sed-1521208571

    Engineer Reported Cracks on Miami Bridge Days Before Collapse

    Two days before a new pedestrian bridge collapsed in Miami, killing at least six people, one of the project engineers called a Florida transportation official to report cracks in the structure.

    The official didn’t hear that call until after the bridge collapsed.

    The Florida Department of Transportation released on Friday a transcript of a Tuesday voice-mail message from an engineer with FIGG Bridge Engineers Inc., the Tallahassee, Fla., company that designed the bridge for Florida International University over an eight-lane road.

    “Calling to, uh, share with you some information about the FIU pedestrian bridge and some cracking that’s been observed on the north end of the span,” said W. Denney Pate, FIGG’s lead project engineer, according to a transcript of the call. “Obviously some repairs or whatever will have to be done but from a safety perspective we don’t see that there’s any issue there so we’re not concerned about it from that perspective although obviously the cracking is not good.”

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    https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/us/po...id=mailsignout

    Authorities have released the names of five of the six people who died when a newly-installed pedestrian bridge collapsed in Miami.

    The bodies of Rolando Fraga Hernandez, Oswald Gonzalez and Alberto Arias were found late Saturday after crews removed two cars from the rubble left at the scene, Miami-Dade police said.

    "We're pretty confident that no one's left," Miami-Dade Police Director Juan Perez said Saturday night.

    A fourth victim, Navaro Brown, died at the hospital after the 950-ton bridge collapsed on at least eight cars on Thursday afternoon.

    Alexa Duran, 18, who was a student at Florida International University, was identified as a fifth person killed in the collapse.

    Brandon Brownfield, a father of three, was the sixth victim to have died in the collapse, according to his family, ABC News reported.

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    No one seemed to notice when a large white crane that had been working at the doomed Florida International University bridge lurched away down Tamiami Trail shortly after the span collapsed. There was a disaster to respond to: Mountains of concrete. Horribly mangled cars. Dead and injured people.

    It wasn't until some time later that authorities began wondering what happened to the crane and its operator, a close eyewitness who might help the investigation into the collapse. But he, and the crane, were gone.

    "He drove away in the crane and nobody stopped him," said Carl Robertson, 73, a homeless man who lives near the site of the bridge. Robertson was right there and saw it fall down. He was the first person to call 911, using his aging cell phone.
    In the absence of official explanations, some even wondered if the crane itself could have bumped the 950-ton bridge and caused the catastrophe. Did the operator then flee the scene in the most ungainly of getaway vehicles?

    Here is what is known: Police don't seem to believe the crane man fled the scene or caused the collapse, which independent engineers suspect was the result of structural and design flaws. They say the unidentified operator drove the crane a short distance away and stuck around to offer help - but for how long isn't clear.

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    https://patch.com/florida/palmettoba...ety-violations

    Update 5 companies pay fines for collapse.

    MIAMI, FL — The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has issued fines totaling $86,658 to five contractors who worked on the failed Florida International University pedestrian bridge, the agency announced Tuesday. One employee died and and five other employees suffered serious injuries when a pedestrian bridge at the FIU campus in Miami collapsed earlier this year. The five companies collectively received seven safety violations.

    "OSHA's investigation determined that the companies failed to protect workers when indications of a potential bridge collapse were evident," agency officials said in announcing the fines. "Violations included exposing employees to crushing and fall hazards; and allowing multiple employees to connect to an improperly installed lifeline."

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    Photographs released by the National Transportation Safety Board in August showed large cracks that had been documented in the pedestrian bridge days before the massive structure came crashing down. The 174-foot-long main span killed six people, including a bridge worker when it collapsed on March 15. Eight others were injured in the tragedy.

    In its investigative update, the NTSB said that the series of photographs were taken after the main 950-ton main span of the bridge was lifted from its temporary supports, rotated 90 degrees across an eight-lane road and lowered into its permanent position in a matter of hours over busy SW 8th Street.

    OSHA cited Figg Bridge Engineers Inc., a civil and structural engineering company; Network Engineering Services Inc. (doing business as Bolton Perez & Assoc.), a construction engineering and inspection firm; Structural Technologies LLC (doing business as Structural Technologies/VSL), specializing in post-tensioning in bridges and buildings; Munilla Construction Management LLC, a bridge and building construction company; and The Structural Group of South Florida Inc., a contractor specializing in concrete formwork.

    "Collectively, these employers failed to take appropriate action and provide the necessary protections to their employees while they were working on the bridge on the day it collapsed," said OSHA Regional Administrator Kurt A. Petermeyer.

    Read the citations for Figg Bridge Engineers Inc., Network Engineering Services Inc., Structural Technologies LLC, Munilla Construction Management LLC, and The Structural Group of South Florida Inc.

    Each company has 15 business days from receipt of the citations and proposed penalties to comply, request an informal conference with OSHA's area director, or contest the findings before the independent Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission, according to agency officials.

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    https://www.cnn.com/2019/06/12/us/fi...cks/index.html

    Hours before a pedestrian bridge collapsed at Florida International University last year, engineers said cracks in the structure didn't pose a safety concern, according to an Occupational Safety and Health Administration report.

    The March 2018 collapse -- which killed six people -- could have been prevented, OSHA said in the 115-page report released this month.

    FIGG Bridge Engineers knew that "numerous wide and deep structural cracks" had developed and lengthened daily, but dismissed them, the report says. The document contains multiple texts and emails from crew members concerned about the growing cracks.

    One crew member sent his supervisor a text message with a picture of a construction joint with cracks running through it in multiple places.

    "It cracked like hell," the crew member wrote in the message.

    A senior project manager also expressed concern over the cracks in an email with photo attachments.

    Despite what OSHA said in the report was "a sense of urgency" from the workers, FIGG did not treat the matter as urgent.

    FIGG Bridge Engineers said in a statement to CNN that they reviewed the report and disagreed with OSHA's conclusions.

    "The OSHA FIU Pedestrian Bridge report is factually inaccurate and incomplete, and includes errors and flawed analyses. It does not include an evaluation of many important factors pertinent to the construction process leading up to the accident," the statement reads. "Additionally, it has not been reviewed by any other entities involved in the accident investigation."

    "FIGG disagrees with the conclusions in the OSHA report," FIGG said, adding that that it could not elaborate further because the incident is being reviewed by the National Transportation Safety Board.

    The report also said that the bridge's contractor, Munilla Construction Management, failed to address safety concerns that morning.

    Munilla Construction Management told CNN that it is reviewing OSHA's report.

    "Our company fully cooperated with OSHA's investigation from Day 1, and we appreciate their efforts. If MCM determines that any of the information contained in the report should be supplemented, we will bring it to OSHA's attention immediately," the company said in an emailed statement.

    Growing cracks in the structure warranted an immediate closure of SW 8th Street, the street onto which the bridge collapsed, the report said. But the bridge's designers, FIGG Bridge Engineers, after inspecting it that day, said the cracks did not pose any safety concerns, according to the report.

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    https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news...sight-n1070226

    A Miami university bridge that collapsed and killed six people last year showed significant design errors and should have been more carefully monitored by the state government because of the project's complexity, federal officials said Tuesday.

    The National Transportation Safety Board members concluded Tuesday the design firm FIGG Bridge Engineers, Inc. underestimated the load of the bridge and overestimated its strength in a critical section that splintered, dropping a 174-foot-long span onto eight cars on March 15, 2018.

    NTSB's chairman Robert Sumwalt said the cracking observed days before the collapse should have prompted contractors and the Florida International University to close the road but did not, leading to a "catastrophic loss of life."

    The engineers investigating the collapse told the board members the cracks were 40 times larger than what is commonly accepted. Dan Walsh said they were "alarming warning signs," saying it was as if "the bridge was talking" to the contractors.

    "The bridge was talking to them, but it wasn't just talking, it was screaming at them," said Sumwalt. "Yet no one was listening."

    Sumwalt said he had never seen so much finger-pointing among parties involved in a transportation project. FIGG maintained on Tuesday the collapse would have not happened if a critical section of the bridge would have been built as required by state standards. But the NTSB findings said the bridge could have still failed because of design miscalculations.

    Designed to look like a cable-stayed bridge, the project was uncommon as similar bridges are generally constructed with steel, not concrete, engineers said. The project's complexity should have required a greater oversight by the Florida Department of Transportation, the board said in its findings.

    The 18-month investigation showed the company tasked to conduct an independent review, which could have caught bridge design errors, was mistakenly listed as qualified by FDOT.

    FDOT said the companies shouldn't have simply relied on its website-generated report as proof of the reviewer's credentials, but NTSB's vice chairman Bruce Landsberg said the state should have paid more attention.

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