Photo Shows Cracks In FIU Bridge Before Tragedy

Pictures released Thursday by the National Transportation Safety Board show cracks in the Florida International University pedestrian bridge three days before it collapsed, killing six people.

The NTSB photos show cracks in the section that collapsed March 15. The cracks in the new report (at least 3-inches deep) were larger than previously mentioned.

When the pictures were taken, traffic was flowing freely underneath the bridge on Southwest Eighth Street. Workers were adjusting tension rods on the bridge when it collapsed just days later.

The $14.2 million pedestrian bridge was supposed to open in 2019 as a safe way for students to cross the busy thoroughfare. 

The 174-foot span was assembled off-site by Munilla Construction Management and moved into place on March 10.


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