Investigation blames scour for Irish bridge collapse

09/3/2009 | New Civil Engineer

The collapse of a railroad bridge in Ireland was caused by scour under the pier of the bridge, according to an investigation. The bridge, which had passed inspection days before the collapse, rested on masonry piers built in the 1860s. Officials with Irish Rail say they will rebuild only the collapsed section of the bridge. Since the collapse, Irish Rail has ordered inspections of all bridges in its network that cross water.

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