Cause of bridge collapse in North Palm Beach revealed in FDOT report
NORTH PALM BEACH, Fla. (CBS12) —
Sky Team 12 shot exclusive drone video over a site survey of the US 1 bridge in North Palm Beach. It’s the same 61-year-old bridge at the center of an investigation into how and why a 90,000 pound, 40-foot section, could suddenly collapse. Luckily it didn’t kill or injure anyone.
CBS12 Investigates has learned the failure is blamed on two broken post tension cables. Now we’re working to learn if the department of transportation is inspecting other bridges that might have used the same cabling.
From the air Thursday, Sky Team 12 captured crews from the Florida Department of Transportation along with officials from the Village of North Palm Beach and inspectors surveying the structure. They checked on emergency repairs a contractor just completed when crews removed the remaining sidewalks and pedestrian barrier walls over the weekend.
A village official told CBS12 it’s still not clear what’s next for the bridge or exactly how long repairs could take. The Department of Transportation tells CBS12 that the replacement of the entire functionally obsolete bridge is not being considered.
As we first told you earlier this week, it’s still not clear if inspectors picked up on the issue in November of 2015 when they last inspected the bridge. That’s because the state redacted most of the inspection report, citing public records laws, after finally agreeing to turn it over to CBS12 a week after we first requested it.
The emergency repairs just completed are estimated to cost taxpayers $400,000 according to the FDOT.