A bridge collapsed in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, on Friday, and was taken away by a bus. 10 people are reporting injuriesHowever, fortunately, no one was seriously injured or killed. The crash came just hours before Joe Biden’s speech in the city on the state of the country’s infrastructure.
According to Pittsburgh Post-GazetteThe bridge over Forbes Avenue on Fern Holo Bridge, Frick Park, collapsed around 6:45 a.m. local time on Friday when at least four vehicles and a port authority bus were passing by. The four were transferred to a local hospital, although no one was fatally injured, and the UPMC told the paper that all were in good condition.
“The good thing about this moment is that there are no casualties, and we’re going to pray that there are no casualties,” Mayor Ed Gainey (D) told reporters Friday, according to the Post-Gazette. “We were lucky.” Pittsburgh Public Safety said it was investigating the incident and was conducting a search of the collapsed part of the bridge to make sure no one was trapped under the rubble.
The bridge is a major thoroughfare for university and hospital commuters. It is a matter of fate that the landslide did not occur during the rush hour.
“It simply came to our notice then Or an hour later, it could be worse, ”Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald told reporters.
The Fern Holo Bridge has been known to have serious structural problems since the 1970s, and Pennsylvania Transport Inspectors have reported problems since at least 2011. So many previous visits The condition of the bridge has been rated As four on scale 1-9, or “poor”, meaning “the deterioration of the basic structural elements has advanced.” In the most recent inspection conducted in September 2021, both the deck and the hardened steel superstructure received a “poor” rating, although the structure was satisfactory. A rating of the poor does not indicate that the bridge is so dangerous that it needs to be removed from service; It’s a rating of 2 (important) or 1 (“impending failure”) instead.
In 2018, a Twitter user posted a picture Completely through rust-catching pepper Below the Fern Hollow Bridge, the city of Pittsburgh tags 311 accounts. It is unknown at this time what he will do after leaving the post. The problem is Marked as “off” City 311 Report Tracker.
Throughout the rest of Allegheny County it is rarely unique among its brethren – visitors there have given uniform ratings to 80 bridges, According to Bloomberg. As of 2018, about 3,353 bridges across Pennsylvania are rated as weak or bad, or about 15% of all bridges in the state. The American Road and Transportation Builders Association, which publishes reports on the condition of bridges across the country, ranks Pennsylvania. Fifth-inferior state In The percentage of bridges is structurally deficient and rated as second-worst, only from Iowa, to the absolute number of such bridges.
According to Bloomberg, the state transportation budget The 2021 document does not include any plans to renovate the Fern Holo Bridge.
Biden will ask in Pittsburgh on Friday to discuss a newly passed $ 1.2 trillion federal infrastructure law that includes $ 110 billion for roads and bridges. Billions of dollars have been spent on rebuilding the bridge, with Pennsylvania receiving about $ 1.6 billion in federal funding for that purpose. Inside it Pitch for the lawA total of 173,000 miles of roads and 45,000 bridges in the United States needed major repairs, the White House said.
That law, however, was deducted from the Biden administration’s original 2.25 trillion proposal Per Budget to calm the hawks In Congress. The original number Was Less Than Some economists and climate activists called. Only $ 550 billion has been signed into law Actually new costs, The rest have already been approved by Congress Biden was originally Wanted 159 billion Reconstruction and repair of roads and bridges across the country. That allocation has been cut to $ 110 billion.
U.S. Senate candidate Lt. Gov. John Feterman of Pennsylvania was at the scene and told Bloomberg that he drove over the bridge a few hours ago.
“This bridge is the reason why we need infrastructural improvements,” Feterman told reporters.
“We are the city of bridges – and how many are there?” Feterman added, according to the Post-Gazette. “I hope this is a wake-up call to the nation that we need to invest in this vital infrastructure and that people are carrying a safe drive to work. I’m just glad no one was killed. “