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CROSS Safety Alert

Lessons learned from the 2018 Florida bridge collapse during construction

Region: CROSS-UK, CROSS-AUS, CROSS-US Published: 1 December 2020



This was a bridge of an unusual design and was being constructed in an unusual manner. The main 53m pre-stressed pre-cast concrete span truss was in position when cracks appeared at a node and over a period of almost three weeks they visibly worsened until collapse occurred.

Note: this Safety Alert was published by SCOSS (Standing Committee on Structural Safety). Since March 2021, SCOSS is integrated under the name Collaborative Reporting for Safer Structures (CROSS).

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Infrastructure owners, designers, civil and structural engineers, contractors, checkers and supervisors.

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