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Last updated 3:28AM ET
February 25, 2021
Alabama
Alabama
Review of Alabama Bridges Completed
(2007-08-12)
(APR - Alabama Public Radio ) - State highway officials reviewed three Alabama bridges similar in design to the one that collapsed in Minnesota but don't plan any further action until officials determine what caused the disaster in Minneapolis.

"Until they come out with a final recommendation and say the reason the Minneapolis bridge fell was this or that, we feel our bridges are safe," said Transportation Director Joe McInnes.

State workers inspected river bridges over the Tallapoosa River on Alabama 14 in Tallassee, the Coosa River on Alabama 22 in Chilton County, and the Tennessee River on U.S. 43 in the Shoals area after the Interstate 35 collapse because they were similar in design to the span that failed.

Federal officials said Wednesday that gusset plates steel plates that reinforce bridge truss connections may have had a design flaw that led to the collapse of the I-35 bridge last week.

Also, Transportation Secretary Mary Peters warned states to watch how much weight is placed on bridges while they are being worked on. Construction crews in Minneapolis had put heavy equipment and nearly 100 tons of gravel on that bridge before its collapse.

Officials said the only major bridge in the state under construction is the one over the Alabama River on Interstate 65 in Montgomery, and most of the work is complete with the heaviest equipment already removed.

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