Engineer Notified FDOT of FIU Bridge Cracks, Wasn't Concerned It Was a Safety Issue

Lead bridge designer engineer reported repairs would be needed but claimed the company did not think the cracks would be a safety concern

Two days before the newly built Florida International University pedestrian bridge collapsed, the lead engineer of the project called the Florida Department of Transportation to warn about cracks in the massive structure. However, the engineer called a landline of an FDOT employee who was out of the office, and the voicemail was not received until the day after the collapse.

Transcript of the voicemail Denney Pate with FIGG Bridge Engineers have been released. "We’ve taken a look at it and, uh, obviously some repairs or whatever will have to be done but from a safety perspective we don’t see that there’s any issue there so we’re not concerned about it from that perspective,” the voicemail transcript from Pate said.

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