FIU was aware of the cracks on the pedestrian bridge before the collapse
MIAMI, Fla. (CBS 12) —
Last night it was revealed that an engineer left a voicemail with the with the Florida Department of Transportation about cracks in the concrete span in FIU’s pedestrian bridge.
On Saturday Florida International University released a statement that the university knew of the cracks before the bridge collapsed.
According to the statement, FIU and FDOT were present while an engineer from FIGG, a partner with MCM in the construction of the pedestrian bridge, gave a presentation regarding the cracks present on the bridge.
The meeting took place at 9:00 am according to the statement from FIU, hours before the concrete structure fell killing at least 6 and injuring 9.
According to the statement by FIU the FIGG engineer concluded that there were no safety concerns regarding the crack.
“The FIGG engineer of record delivered a technical presentation regarding the crack and concluded that there were no safety concerns and the crack did not compromise the structural integrity of the bridge,” said FIU in the statement.
The meeting lasted around 2 hours said the statement, just hours before the tragic event.
Saturday morning, two vehicles trapped underneath the collapse were removed and taken to the Medical Examiner’s office.
FIU's full statement is below:
On Thursday morning (March 15, 2018), at 9:00 a.m., the Design Build Team of MCM and FIGG, convened a meeting at the MCM trailer, located on the construction site, to discuss a crack that appeared on the structure. The FIGG engineer of record delivered a technical presentation regarding the crack and concluded that there were no safety concerns and the crack did not compromise the structural integrity of the bridge. This meeting lasted approximately two hours and included FIU and FDOT representatives.
The investigation is ongoing to determine the collapse of the bridge, and FIU is fully cooperating with all authorities to understand what happened.