Who inspects Evansville pedestrian bridges?

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Authorities say at least six people have died in the bridge collapse at Florida International University in Miami. It happened Thursday when a 1000-ton pedestrian bridge came crashing down on the road below.

Part of the bridge was put up in just a matter of hours only days ago, using a method called accelerated bridge construction.

There are a couple of new pedestrian bridges in Evansville, installed in the last 3 years over the Lloyd Expressway. 

One near Highway 41 was finished in September 2015. It doesn’t look exactly like the one that collapsed in Florida, but it was installed the same way with one giant piece lifted by a crane and set into place.

Evansville City Engineer, Brent Schmitt says the bridges are built differently, with Evansville’s being a “steel truss,” built in a factory and shipped to the site in one piece. He says Florida’s is a “hybrid” and was built on the side of the road and lifted into place.

Another Evansville bridge near Vann Avenue gets inspected every 2 years, Schmitt says. It is scheduled to have its first later this year. Schmitt says the bridge closer to Highway 41 is maintained by INDOT.

Eyewitness News tried to find out more with INDOT, but spokesman Jason Tiller was unaware of INDOT’s involvement and he didn’t return follow-up calls Friday.

Eyewitness News tried reaching Blankenberger Brothers, the contractor who installed the bridge near 41. Our messages were not returned.

Schmitt says he is still working to schedule the inspection near Vann, but the city “currently has no concerns about the safety of the structure.”

It’s still unclear if the bridge near 41 will get an inspection.

The NTSB is now investigating the collapse in Miami.

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(This story was originally published March 16, 2018)

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