Will East Chicago See Same Results As Florida Bridge Collapse?
At least six people were killed when the pedestrian bridge at Florida International University collapsed Thursday afternoon, crushing several cars that were stopped underneath. Police haven’t ruled out the possibility more bodies are in the rubble.
This story should mean a lot more to Chicagoan's and Illinoisans alike now that the firm responsible is working for us.
CBS Chicago reports that, "The new Cline Avenue bridge will stretch for more than a mile, rising 10 stories above the Indiana Harbor and Ship Canal when it opens next year. The $140 million project will replace the old Cline Avenue bridge, which was closed and condemned in 2009."
Should we be worried about this? Should we let them finish the job, or should we get another firm to come in?
Both are good questions and fair questions for that matter. Especially since the tragic events that unfolded in Florida isn't this firms first offense.
In 2003, the firm was sued by Delaware over what state officials called faulty engineering of the Indian River Inlet bridge that was never completed, after it was discovered the embankments were unstable. FIGG paid out $5 million to settle that lawsuit.
In 2012, a 90-ton section of a FIGG bridge under construction in Virginia crashed onto railroad tracks below. The commonwealth sued, saying it was pure luck no one was killed during that incident, which delayed opening of the bridge more than three months.
Cross at your own risk.