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"Should Have Never Happened": City Of Pittsburgh Blamed For Catastrophic...

•, by Tyler Durden

Today in "your tax dollars at work" news, the city of Pittsburgh is being blamed for the collapse of the city-owned Forbes Avenue bridge, which collapsed on January 28, 2022, resulting in several injuries.

An investigation found that the city "did not adequately maintain or repair a bridge and failed to act on inspection reports", according to a new report from the Associated Press.

When the bridge collapsed in early 2022, a bus and four cars plunged 100 feet into the Fern Hollow Creek below, the report says. Another vehicle also wound up driving off of the east bridge abutment and landed on its roof, AP reported. 

Luckily, no one was killed. 

The National Transportation Safety Board found that "poor inspections and insufficient oversight" were likely the cause of the collapse. NTSB chair Jennifer L. Homendy commented: "The Fern Hollow Bridge collapse should never have happened."

She continued, noting significant deterioration in the uncoated weathering steel and noted a persistent lack of response to known damage to the bridge, which had been evident for years. 

The report even says that in certain sections, the steel had decayed so severely that holes were visibly present in the structure.

NTSB senior structural engineer Dan Walsh added: "The city of Pittsburgh was responsible for inspecting and maintaining the Fern Hollow bridge. Similar maintenance and repair recommendations were made in the inspection reports for more than 15 years leading up to the collapse. But the city failed to act on them, resulting in progressive corrosion to the point of failure."