Shortcuts Led To Disaster

This photo provided by DroneBase shows the collapsed pedestrian bridge at Florida International University.
This photo provided by DroneBase shows the collapsed pedestrian bridge at Florida International University.

A mysterious Canadian engineering YouTuber appears to have found the “smoking gun” of the Florida International University bridge collapse, which killed six people last week.

According to the YouTuber, identified only as AvE, a single snapped tension cable spotted at the site paints a picture of crews negligently trying to jury-rig an unstable bridge while still allowing midday traffic to pass underneath.

“They knew there was a problem and they were trying to remediate it while the fucking traffic is still going … incredible, just an incredible … I can’t even,” said AvE in the 16 minute video.

On March 15, an under-construction pedestrian bridge at Miami’s Florida International University collapsed onto a busy six-lane roadway below. Six people were killed when their cars were crushed under the 861 tonne structure.

By analyzing building plans and construction photos from the site, AvE concluded that the bridge would have been fine as initially designed, but that it was brought down by shortcuts taken on the construction site.

The main span of the bridge was prefabricated and then swung into position in a single day. This unique design was intended to reduce traffic delays on the six-lane road it would be spanning.

Once in place, the plan was to install the bridge’s final supports while traffic was once again allowed to flow underneath the still-unfinished span.

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