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First-of-its-kind pedestrian bridge in Miami collapses onto traffic

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A bridge collapsed near Miami on Thursday at about 2 p.m., trapping multiple people and cars underneath.

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The pedestrian bridge was installed last Saturday, connecting the Florida International University campus with the city of Sweetwater, Fl., where thousands of students live in off-campus housing or in FIU’s newer dorms.

Multiple outlets reported people were trapped under rubble. It was unclear how many were injured or the extent of their injuries.

Cars could be seen crushed beneath the bridge.

The 174-foot, 950-ton section of the bridge was built adjacent to Southwest Eight Street using Accelerated Bridge Construction (ABC) methods, which are being advanced at FIU's Accelerated Bridge Construction University Transportation Center (ABC-UTC).

Funding for the $14.2 million bridge, connecting plazas and walkways is part of a $19.4 million Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation.

Other funding agencies include the Federal Highway Administration, Florida Department of Transportation Local Agency Program, FIU and the City of Sweetwater.


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