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Experts contend that FIU bridge was incomplete, a hazardous risk

For many California construction companies, the safety, reliability and durability of their projects is paramount to their ability to maintain a good reputation. However, sometimes factors like human error, environmental hazards and poor communication may result in a situation where a construction defect occurs. Often, simple problems can be fixed right away without compromising the structural integrity of whatever is being built. However, if problems are not addressed immediately, the consequence can be significantly severe. 

In a recent incident that has made national headlines, a 950-ton pedestrian bridge at Miami's Florida International University, collapsed in what many argue is a chilling example of a construction defect. The crushing collapse trapped multiple vehicles underneath when it fell onto a busy roadway that was open to traffic. There were six fatalities. Using a unique method called "accelerated bridge construction," the monstrosity was fabricated in larger pieces at a different location and then moved over the road. This method is supposed to be more efficient, in that it eliminates the time-consuming construction of building a bridge piece by piece, on-site, which can obstruct traffic flow.

Now, experts are saying that the bridge posed a major hazard as it sat, incomplete, suspended above a busy roadway. Because it was secured to a temporary support, investigations will focus on what may have caused these supports to fail. After the bridge was carefully moved into place, the next step would have been permanently fastening it to the support columns and foundation that were constructed to support the bridge.

If a company is dealing with backlash because of a construction dispute, they may wish to hire an attorney. An experienced legal professional can provide knowledgeable guidance through often-difficult legal proceedings. 

Source: Detroit Free Press, "FIU's pedestrian bridge installation left it vulnerable to collapse until complete, experts say," Bart Jansen, Mar. 15, 2018

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