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Your Tax Dollars at Work: $9 Million Pedestrian Bridge Collapses at University

Posted on | March 15, 2018 | Comments Off on Your Tax Dollars at Work: $9 Million Pedestrian Bridge Collapses at University

“I’m from the federal government, and I’m here to help you!”

A pedestrian bridge under construction collapsed Thursday, just days after crews dropped an elevated 950-ton span in place in a project that was intended to give Florida International University students a safe route across the busy roadway.
The bridge crashed across six lanes of heavily traveled Tamiami Trail, crushing a still undetermined number of car and killing a still unclear number of people. Police on the scene said at least six people could be dead. . . .
The collapse was clearly a major failure of a project not expected to be completed until early 2019. . . .
Touted as an “instant bridge,” the 950-ton pedestrian walkway was installed in a single morning at Southwest 109th Avenue on Saturday, intended eventually to link Florida International University’s Modesto A. Maidique Campus directly to the small suburban city of Sweetwater, where the university estimates 4,000 of its students live.
Before Saturday’s installation, FIU said the method of overall installation would significantly reduce the risk to workers, walkers, drivers and minimized traffic disruptions for construction.
Designed as a cable-supported bridge, the pedestrian walkway is the product of a collaboration between MCM Construction and FIGG Bridge Design, the firm responsible for the iconic Sunshine Skyway Bridge over Tampa Bay.
The $9 million bridge was funded through a 2013 U.S. Department of Transportation grant.

So, the Obama administration took your money to build this “instant bridge” that killed at least six people. Heckuva job there, guys.



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