NTSB's final bridge report due today

  • Article by: KEVIN DIAZ , Star Tribune
  • Updated: November 14, 2008 - 7:37 AM

The I-35W bridge's fatal flaw: Gusset plates, but other factors were cited in the collapse. The final report on the Aug. 1, 2007, catastrophe will be released after today's hearing.

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mitchell24Nov. 13, 0812:35 PM

What is his motive? First he is mad about no public hearings. Then he is mad there is one, but continues to say the gusset plates were not the only factor. Than, Mr. Oberstar, what were the factors?? This guy must have some motive, but I have no idea what is going on in his little tiny head.

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ACers99Nov. 13, 0812:46 PM

is to be able to use the tragedy to grandstand for higher taxes and for partisan political attacks. Why nothern Minnesota keeps sending this blowhard back to Washington is a mystery to me. Didnt Minnesota want "change"?

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mutt10RNov. 13, 0812:47 PM

The simple fact remains - the undersized gussets held the bridge up for 40 years.

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hendersonmjNov. 13, 0812:50 PM

... in the gussett plates.

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vikesfanNov. 13, 0812:56 PM

That is a very telling statement. If this document and report contained FACT and Truth, there would be no need for a VOTE. Vote is nothing more than a consensus of like-minded people who share a common responsibility/liability in the publishing of such 'findings'. Now lets pull out the specs which the original designers used when they built the bridge. Then compare the specs for each subsequent change 'request' and the design changes/modifications developed to meet those specifications.

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mutt10RNov. 13, 0812:57 PM

The report stinks of disingenuous PR to salvage the career of Republican Tim Pawlenty. The Pawlenty administration chose poorly when given dire warnings about the condition of the bridge. It appears it will take the lawsuit against URS to out the truth.

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groover6Nov. 13, 08 1:01 PM

What does Nick-boy have to say? This report does not fit the DFL template.

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outdrs10Nov. 13, 08 1:07 PM

and was supposed to able to hold more weight than it could, but the gusset plates were too thin. Instead of a safety factor of say 3 or 4, it was probably more like 1.5. Underdesigned doesn't mean it should've fallen immediately.

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Ragdoll1950Nov. 13, 08 1:08 PM

I hold Pawlenty responsible for this tragedy...He had the final say!

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bcanadensisNov. 13, 08 1:12 PM

Having spent much of my previous years on the East Coast (born and raised there, and still visit relatives yearly), I can state that the East Coast has far older bridges that have withstood the test of time, weather, and population increases. Obviously, this bridge collapse has more to do with a flawed and inadequate design and built job than anything else. Although I no longer live in Minneapolis, I was living there when this bridge collapsed, and it still bothers me today. My heart still reaches out toward those who were on it at that moment.

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