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BRKG Brand new FIU pedestrian walkway in Miami Florida has collapsed on cars
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    4 Brand new FIU pedestrian walkway in Miami Florida has collapsed on cars

    Just breaking on FOX news a pedestrian walkway in Miami, Florida, has collapsed across a roadway falling on several cars. Pictures showed Fire Department working on it. Reporter stated it just opened last week!

    Florida International University Bridge Collapses, Cars Underneath
    http://miami.cbslocal.com/2018/03/15...al-university/

    MIAMI (CBSMiami) — Florida International University’s massive new pedestrian bridge collapsed Thursday afternoon in West Miami-Dade.

    The bridge, located at 109th Ave and 8th Street, collapsed on a number of cars.

    There are reports of numerous people injured in the collapse. At least one person was taken as a trauma alert to the hospital, according to Miami-Dade Fire Rescue.

    The 950-ton bridge went up on Saturday. It was then lowered into its final position, just west of 109th Avenue that day.

    The main span was built next to Southwest 8th Street.


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    Probably build by Cuban immigrants, by contractors paying off the inspectors.
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    Live helicopter reporting at least one fatality in car.

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    Live streaming coverage,

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    Miami Dade Police now reporting multiple fatalities. Large crane has just arrived on scene. Cars trapped under concrete with possible victims.

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    Brought to you by the lowest bidder.
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    Gravity - It's A Law!
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    It was still under construction.


    Orange debris barrier still in place, unweathered concrete, placing my bet on design and bad concrete.
    Facts?? We don't need no stinkin facts...

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    Now requesting Doctors and Nurses to respond to the scene.

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    Opened in the spring and lasted til fall.
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    The bridge was not yet open to foot traffic.

    Apparently the tall central vertical supporting pillar was not yet installed.

    Strikes me as an enormously expensive and very "spindly" structure.

    I wonder how it would have performed in a high wind or seismic scenario?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Profit of Doom View Post
    Probably build by Cuban immigrants, by contractors paying off the inspectors.
    That sounds about right to me. Under specification concrete coupled with skimping of the amount (or quality) of rebar happens in a lot of state job's in Illinois. Funny thing is that the ones guilty -the politico's and connected- usually never get blamed.

    In a 50K+ town northwest of me (controlled by dimmys), they poured a new four lane road on their south side. It was like a washboard and started breaking down as soon as it was opened to traffic. They replaced the whole thing twice and they still claim nobody has a clue why it's such a problem.

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    News report locally (WRAL) said the designer was an FIU graduate.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Millwright View Post
    Opened in the spring and lasted til fall.
    Have a link where it opened? Generally those things are not opened until construction is complete, the scene in the pictures shows clear signs of construction taking place.
    Facts?? We don't need no stinkin facts...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rayku View Post
    Have a link where it opened? Generally those things are not opened until construction is complete, the scene in the pictures shows clear signs of construction taking place.
    It was a play on words.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rayku View Post
    Have a link where it opened? Generally those things are not opened until construction is complete, the scene in the pictures shows clear signs of construction taking place.
    I think this was a tongue in cheek comment- - it open in the spring and lasted til the fall (it fell).

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    http://www.miamiherald.com/news/loca...204506084.html
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    Once it’s finished in early 2019, the new pedestrian bridge will link FIU’s Modesto A. Maidique Campus directly to the small suburban city of Sweetwater, where the university estimates 4,000 of its students live.
    Facts?? We don't need no stinkin facts...

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    “Apparently the central vertical supporting pillar was not yet installed.”

    WHISKEY TANGO FOXTROT?
    It was obviously designed to be supported by that tower and cables.
    The tower should have been already in place and the cables attached to the walkway before any lower supports were removed.
    Idiots.
    Back in the early 2000’s we were in Atlantic City in a hotel lobby when we heard a radio call about an accident nearby. Parking garage concrete slab had collapsed after forms removed. My guess, concrete hadn’t set up yet, or cables hadn’t been tensioned yet, both kinda important. Getting out of town was a hassle for all the rescue personnel coming in.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Profit of Doom View Post
    “Apparently the central vertical supporting pillar was not yet installed.”

    WHISKEY TANGO FOXTROT?
    It was obviously designed to be supported by that tower and cables.
    The tower should have been already in place and the cables attached to the walkway before any lower supports were removed.
    Idiots.
    Back in the early 2000’s we were in Atlantic City in a hotel lobby when we heard a radio call about an accident nearby. Parking garage concrete slab had collapsed after forms removed. My guess, concrete hadn’t set up yet, or cables hadn’t been tensioned yet, both kinda important. Getting out of town was a hassle for all the rescue personnel coming in.
    Agreed, I suspect the design and construction PE firm(s) are in deep caca.
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    Quote Originally Posted by GenErik View Post
    I think this was a tongue in cheek comment- - it open in the spring and lasted til the fall (it fell).
    Like when someone trips,
    “Have a nice trip? See you next fall”
    Aren’t friends so comforting?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Millwright View Post
    It was a play on words.
    Understood, I do tend to be literal minded.
    Facts?? We don't need no stinkin facts...

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    They put up a prefab pedestrian bridge over the Westside hwy in NYC. They had a temporary support in the center median of the highway to help hold it up until they got all the supporting cables in place. Looks like they should have done that here.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rayku View Post
    It was still under construction.


    Orange debris barrier still in place, unweathered concrete, placing my bet on design and bad concrete.
    Rush reported it was all signed off on, inspected, etc, over the past weekend.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Buick Electra View Post
    Rush reported it was all signed off on, inspected, etc, over the past weekend.
    That is misleading. Main tower and cables were not installed yet. Therefore impossible for it to have been signed off as implied.
    Facts?? We don't need no stinkin facts...

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    Inferior steel for supports?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Maryh View Post
    Inferior steel for supports?
    I don't think anyone can say for sure why yet, but the lack of cable tower and cables on a suspension design as noted by POD will undoubtedly play heavily into that.
    Facts?? We don't need no stinkin facts...

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    Background

    Huge project, multiple agencies involved, gratuitous chest pounding and self congratulation so a few snowflakes can cross a highway.

    Then the whole damn thing comes crashing down?

    Want to bet they try to rebuild this thing and spend tens of millions of dollars more?

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    FIU Pedestrian Bridge Construction Using Innovative Approach By Swinging Into Place

    March 10, 2018 at 2:02 pm

    MIAMI (CBSMiami) – A big step in the completion of Florida International University’s massive new pedestrian bridge came on Saturday.

    A 174-foot section of the FIU-Sweetwater ‘UniversityCity’ Bridge was lifted from its supports and swung across Southwest 8th Street.

    It was then lowered into its final position, just west of 109th Avenue.

    FIU students, faculty and staff joined Sweetwater residents and the bridge builders to watch the bridge move and create a safer pedestrian route to connect the campus community to its neighbors.

    “FIU is about building bridges and student safety. This project accomplishes our mission beautifully,” said FIU President Mark B. Rosenberg. “We are filled with pride and satisfaction at seeing this engineering feat come to life and connect our campus to the surrounding community where thousands of our students live.”

    Using an innovative approach to bridge construction, the main span, which weighs 950 tons, was built next to Southwest 8th Street.

    This technique reduced potential risks to workers, commuters and pedestrians and prevented traffic tie-ups in the area.

    The move was the largest pedestrian bridge move via Self-Propelled Modular Transportation, in U.S. history.

    “FIU has come a long way since the TIGER grant that funded this pedestrian bridge was awarded in 2013. This project represents a true collaboration among so many different partners at local, state, and federal levels, and in both the public and private sectors,” said Mario Diaz-Balart, U.S. Representative and Chairman of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Transportation, Housing and Urban Development. “The university’s growth and acceleration is no longer just about the campus and its student body; it’s about the future of Sweetwater, Miami-Dade County and the entire South Florida region. I believe this is what creative solutions to transportation challenges look like, and I will continue to support and incentivize these new ideas.”

    Funding for the $14.2 million bridge, connecting plazas and walkways is part of a $19.4 million Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation.

    Other funding agencies include the Federal Highway Administration, Florida Department of Transportation Local Agency Program, FIU and the City of Sweetwater.

    “The FIU-Sweetwater bridge will serve many purposes including being a visually distinctive gateway to our city,” said City of Sweetwater Mayor Orlando Lopez. “This bridge is symbolic of the growth our city is experiencing and our partnership with FIU.”

    The moving of the bridge began at 5 a.m. and took approximately five hours.

    The project includes the bridge, sidewalks and a plaza. Construction began in the spring of 2017 and is expected to be completed in early 2019.

    http://miami.cbslocal.com/2018/03/10...-construction/
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    NTSB is in charge of the investigation per Fox News.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Hfcomms View Post
    Brought to you by the lowest bidder.
    And IMPORTED STEEL.

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    Who builds the support LAST?

    Oh, now granted they would've had to move the span into place another way - or build it while closing off lanes of traffic. But yes, Gravity is a law that is ALWAYS enforced.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hfcomms View Post
    Brought to you by the lowest bidder.
    Yeah I was wondering who the construction company was. Locally owned or what?
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    Quote Originally Posted by L.A.B. View Post
    And IMPORTED STEEL
    That's what I was thinking as well. Everything we have bought in the last decade or two falls apart quickly. Isn't Globalism great!
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    Miami Mayor per Fox News and a breathless Shepard Smith says that eight vehicles are trapped under the bridge.

    Fox reporter stating that the first priority is "firefighter safety".
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    Quote Originally Posted by L.A.B. View Post
    And IMPORTED STEEL.
    Yes, Imported Steel, that was the first thing that popped into my mind. Time will tell what caused it.

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    March 15, 2018
    Fox News

    *Several fatalities were reported after a newly installed pedestrian bridge at Florida International University collapsed Thursday, leaving multiple vehicles trapped underneath the sprawling wreckage.

    Florida Highway Patrol confirmed to Fox News there were several fatalities after the structure, called the "Instant Bridge," collapsed just before 2 p.m. at the Miami-area university. No official number was released.

    Miami police were told Miami-Dade Fire Rescue had recovered six people with injuries, Fox News confirmed.

    Sweetwater Police Department told Fox News: "We're just trying to save lives."

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    What a horrible, horrible accident. Am praying for the victims that are trapped. What a nightmare.

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    It's premature to assume anything about the steel. Anyone here have the bidspec?? No?
    There are hundreds of potential causes, not least of which could be bad design and or implementation.
    For the moment maybe it would be better to think about the poor people caught under it and any construction workers that were on it.
    Facts?? We don't need no stinkin facts...

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    There shouldn't be dust piles of concrete. Somebody left out some steel/rebar.

    Bonding company is crying about right now.

    City Inspectors not gonna be working long either.
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    Witness said cars were under the walkway stopped at a red traffic light!

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