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CROSS Safety Alert

Lessons learned from the 2018 Florida bridge collapse during construction

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


An annotated illustration explaining the collapse of the FUI bridge in Miami.

Overview

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).

Who should read this?

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

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