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Update on the Florida International University bridge collapse

Most Florida residents remember the tragic collapse of a pedestrian bridge that was under construction near Florida International University. The bridge was being built to make it safer for people to cross a busy street. Unfortunately, as you may be aware, last March a portion of the bridge collapsed and killed one construction worker and five people in vehicles that were stopped at a red light beneath the bridge. At Welbaum, Guernsey, Hingston, Gregory & Black, L.L.P., we are always saddened to hear about a construction project harming someone, and we are prepared to answer the questions of those affected by faulty construction.

Engineers and federal agencies have been investigating the factors surrounding the project and attempting to get answers as to how the project failed. The Miami Herald reported that officials from the National Transportation Safety Board may take up to two years to reach a conclusion. As you may have heard, people were worried about cracks that had appeared near the bridge’s supports.

While those who were involved in the project have been told not to discuss the incident, numerous structural engineers have studied it and offered their theories. They say that the project’s emphasis on aesthetics may have been part of the problem. Several steel pipes that looked like support cables were, in fact, decorative and provided little support. It is thought that too much stress was placed on one support strut where the cracks had appeared, resulting in the eventual collapse of 950 tons of concrete and steel.

Some of the families affected by the tragedy have filed lawsuits against the construction companies. As our page explains, faulty designs in construction and other defects can impact numerous people, from engineers and workers to innocent bystanders.

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