FIU bridge

PEDRO PORTAL / Miami Herald

Failures in design, lack of adequate oversight and systematic negligence led to the fatal collapse of the Florida International University pedestrian bridge, federal investigators concluded nearly two years after the deadly incident.

‘Screaming Something Was Wrong’: Feds Fault FIU, State And Contractors For Deadly Bridge Collapse

Oct 23, 2019
PEDRO PORTAL / MIAMI HERALD

During a hearing Tuesday on last year’s deadly Florida International University pedestrian footbridge collapse, the National Transportation Safety Board concluded that the bridge’s “catastrophic failure” stemmed from a flawed design with “significant errors.”

Top State Engineer Blames FIU And Contractor For Road Staying Open Before Deadly Bridge Collapse

Oct 9, 2019
PEDRO PORTAL / MIAMI HERALD

The busy highway under Florida International University’s pedestrian bridge, which crumbled in March 2018 and killed six people, should have been closed while crews were trying to repair cracks in a critical support strut, a top engineer with Florida’s Department of Transportation told federal investigators.

In a letter to the National Transportation Safety Board released on Tuesday, Will Watts, the chief engineer for FDOT, wrote that FIU and its contractor were responsible for asking the state to close Tamiami Trail — but never did.

PEDRO PORTAL / MIAMI HERALD

A year and a half after the Florida International University pedestrian bridge collapsed, killing six and injuring at least eight, victims and their survivors have reached monetary settlements with all but one of the companies implicated in the disaster.

PEDRO PORTAL / MIAMI HERALD

The contractor behind the bridge that collapsed last year at Florida International University may win a contract extension at Miami-Dade’s Miami International Airport.

Mayor Carlos Gimenez is asking county commissioners to ratify an extension through August 2020 for Munilla Construction Management for its 2011 contract to run various projects at the government-owned airport.

Roberto Koltun / MIAMI HERALD

Tallahassee-based FIGG Bridge Group, which designed the doomed Florida International University pedestrian bridge, was one of six companies that have agreed to settle lawsuits brought by the victims and their families, an attorney for the plaintiffs announced in Miami-Dade Circuit Court Wednesday.

Street Should Have Closed before FIU Bridge Collapse, Feds Say

Jun 12, 2019
PEDRO PORTAL / MIAMI HERALD

In a damning new report, federal work-safety investigators conclude that engineers in charge of design and construction of the ill-fated Florida International University pedestrian bridge should have shut down Southwest Eighth Street because of growing cracks in the structure, but failed to recognize the span was in danger of imminent collapse due to design errors.

Associated Press

The Florida International University community marked Friday one year since the devastating bridge collapse that killed six people — including a student and a bridge worker.

The school held a memorial service, and a moment of silence took place at 1:47 p.m., the time of the collapse.

Worker Tried To Warn Others FIU Bridge Was Unsafe. The Collapse Left Him In A Coma

Mar 15, 2019
Tiffany Tompkins ttompkins@bradenton.com / Bradenton Herald via Miami Herald

When Kevin Hanson noticed that the thin cracks veining a crucial connection in the Florida International University bridge had opened into gaping fissures, he pulled out his phone and snapped a few photographs.

Graphic by Katie Lepri / WLRN

It’s been a whirlwind year in South Florida.

Deadly FIU Bridge Suffered From Design Flaws, Feds Say

Nov 15, 2018
Pedro Portal / Miami Herald

Design flaws led to cracking in the Florida International University pedestrian bridge that collapsed during construction earlier this year, federal investigators conclude in a brief update issued Thursday.

Federal Judge Blocks Releasing Records of FIU Bridge

Oct 5, 2018
Monique O. Madan / Miami Herald

Siding with arguments of transportation-safety officials, a federal judge Friday blocked an attempt by the Miami Herald to get records related to a March bridge collapse at Florida International University that killed six people.

Senior U.S. District Judge William Stafford quashed a ruling by a state-court judge that would have required the Florida Department of Transportation to turn over records requested by the Herald. Stafford, who ruled in favor of the National Transportation Safety Board, also dismissed the case.

Contractors that worked on the bridge near a Florida university that collapsed, killing six people, have been fined more than $86,000 for workplace violations.

Pedro Portal / Miami Herald

The Florida Department of Transportation must release public records that could shed light on a deadly bridge collapse outside Miami, a judge ruled Tuesday.

In an order, Leon County state court judge Kevin Carroll said the documents were public records under Florida law and could not be withheld, as FDOT argued, because of an ongoing federal investigation into the March 15 collapse of the Florida International University bridge. It’s not yet clear if FDOT will appeal.

Cracks In FIU Bridge Grew To ‘Shocking’ Size Days Before Collapse, New Photos Show

Aug 10, 2018
Munilla Construction Management / Provided by National Transportation Safety Board

Cracks that appeared in the Florida International University bridge days before it collapsed were far more extensive than previously disclosed, according to photographs included in a preliminary report issued Thursday by the National Transportation Safety Board.

The photos show four alarming-looking cracks — one at least 3 1/2 inches deep into the bridge’s deck — developing in precisely the section of the span that is believed to have failed on March 15, killing five motorists and one worker.

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