Thousands of bridges at risk of freak collapse

By: The Associated Press Email
By: The Associated Press Email

Saturday May 25, 2013

SEATTLE (AP) -- Thousands of bridges around the U.S. may be one freak accident or mistake away from collapse, even if the spans are deemed structurally sound.

The consequence of that risk was evident Thursday on Interstate 5 over the Skagit River, where a large section of the bridge collapsed into the water after officials say an oversized truck load clipped the steel truss.

Public officials have focused in recent years on the desperate need for money to repair thousands of bridges deemed structurally deficient.

But the bridge that collapsed was not in that category, highlighting major problem with the nation's infrastructure: Although it's rare, some bridges deemed to be fine structurally can still be crippled if they're struck hard enough in the wrong spot.

(The Associated Press, 2013)


WRDW.com is happy to provide a forum for commenting and discussion. Please respect and abide by the house rules:

Keep it clean, keep it civil, keep it truthful, stay on topic, be responsible, share your knowledge, and please suggest removal of comments that violate these standards.

powered by Disqus
Mailing Address: P.O. Box 1212 Augusta, GA 30903 Main Telephone: (803) 278-1212 Newsroom: (803) 278-3111 Fax: (803) 442-4561
Copyright © 2002-2014 - Designed by Gray Digital Media - Powered by Clickability 208951551 - wrdw.com/a?a=208951551
Gray Television, Inc.