FIU Bridge Was Designed To Be Installed Quickly, "Swung" Into Place

The newly-installed FIU pedestrian bridge that collapsed Thursday was designed to be built/installed quickly using accelerated construction techniques advanced by Florida International University.

The $14 million bridge was built with a method meant to minimize traffic disruptions and reduce risks to workers and pedestrians.

The 950-ton section of the 289-foot-long bridge that collapsed was "swung" into place Saturday morning. It had been constructed at a different location and transported to Eighth Street in one piece.

According to FIU officials, the bridge was developed with student safety in mind. Crossing seven lanes at 109th Avenue was a safety hazard, with one student being killed in August.

Thursday's bridge collapse resulted in multiple fatalities. 

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