Collapsed bridge "structurally deficient; death toll remains at 4

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Four dead, as many as 30 missing and nearly 80 injured.
And there are lots of unanswered questions about why that 40-year-old bridge over the Mississippi collapsed yesterday in Minneapolis.
The White House says a 2005 inspection of the Interstate 35W span found problems. It rated 50 on a scale of 100 for structural stability and was classified as "structurally deficient." But the transportation secretary says that didn't mean that the bridge was unsafe.
Engineers spotted structural problems in the bridge as far back as 1990, but state officials thought patches and yearly inspections would be enough to keep it together.
The span was in the midst of repairs when it buckled during the evening rush hour. Minnesota's governor has ordered an immediate inspection of all bridges in the state with similar designs.

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