Edgar Snyder & Associates®
A Law Firm Representing Injured People
Call Us Toll Free 24/7
Published on Jan 16, 2008 by Edgar Snyder

Pennsylvania Warned of Design Flaw Cited in Minneapolis Bridge Collapse

old bridge

The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) has recommended that Pennsylvania and other states inspect the gusset plates of bridges similar in design to the one that collapsed in Minneapolis in August, killing 13 people and injuring more than 100. PA has 54 deck truss bridges, the most in the nation.

Included are the Highland Park Bridge, the Homestead Grays Bridge, and the Rankin Bridge, all of which are located in the Pittsburgh area. Their gusset plates – flat steel pieces with rivets to connect steel beams – should be one-inch thick, but those on the Minneapolis bridge were only half an inch thick. The NTSB recommended that owners of the designated bridges reevaluate the structures’ plates before making any enhancements to them.

The Federal Highway Administration (FHA) may expand the scope of the recommendation, and the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation has vowed to follow the FHA’s orders. No problems were found with Pennsylvania’s truss bridges during an investigation conducted immediately after the Minneapolis collapse. Of the 54 truss bridges, 21 are located in Allegheny County.

Source: "Design flaw cited in Minneapolis bridge collapse." Pittsburgh Tribune Review. January 16, 2008.
Think you have a case?
Think you have a case?
Free Case Review
First Name
Last Name
Briefly describe your injuries

Recent News

Sep 16, 2016
Fall and Winter Car Kit
Sep 16, 2016
A New Law May Be Coming for Drivers
Sep 16, 2016
Smartphone Apps for Drivers
Sep 16, 2016
New CDC Tool Will Help Keep Traveling Workers Safe
Sep 14, 2016
PA Residents: You're This Much More Likely to Hit a Deer