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NSBA’s Statement on the Washington I-5 Bridge Collapse
Posted by Tasha Weiss on May 24, 2013 at 2:57 PM.

During this initial stage of shock, we as representatives of the bridge industry are thankful there were no fatalities and pray for the speedy recovery of the survivors, as well as applaud the excellent rescue efforts.


At this time, the Washington State Department of Transportation is starting their investigation. Premature speculation about potential causes is neither appropriate nor productive. Rather, this is a time for careful, comprehensive engineering analysis and for rapid response to the human and transportation impacts of this disaster. NSBA and the steel industry stand ready to aid in any way we can and will share more information as it becomes available to us.


Whatever the eventual findings, this unfortunate event serves to graphically illustrate the decaying state of our country’s infrastructure – not only bridges, but also roadways and railroads across the country. NSBA is dedicated to reversing this deterioration by urging Congress to invest in infrastructure improvements that will make our nation’s transportation systems more efficient, robust and reliable.


Bill McEleney, Director, National Steel Bridge Alliance

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