Three deck truss bridges in Alabama have had another round of inspections because they are similar to the Interstate 35 bridge that collapsed in Minneapolis last summer. According to state highway officials, no problems were found. The inspections have already been completed on the Alabama 14 bridge that spans the Tallapoosa River in Tallassee and the Alabama 22 bridge that spans the Coosa River in Chilton County. Crews were wrapping up the inspection of the Alabama 43 bridge that crosses the Tennessee River between Florence and Sheffield at press time. The Federal Highway Administration ordered more inspections after an investigation found some of the gusset plates on the Minneapolis bridge were too small. In Alabama, crews have been inspecting the size and thickness of the gusset plates, which hold the trusses together.
Source: Associated Press
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