On anniversary of deadly collapse, an update on nation's bridges

07/24/2008 | Engineering News-Record

One year after Minnesota's deadly I-35 bridge collapse, bridges nationwide are getting more attention and more funding. Gusset plates are now scrutinized by inspectors, and steel-truss construction for new bridges is being supplanted by segmental concrete design. Congress is set to issue new inspection requirements and already has passed $1 billion in additional funding for bridges. States, too, are spending more on bridge inspection and repair, led by Minnesota, Pennsylvania and Maryland.

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