Because paying attention to actual engineering wouldn’t be Woke. Shocking photos show there were large cracks in Florida International University bridge five days BEFORE six were crushed to death when it collapsed onto them.
To remind folks, back in March (“Beware the Ides of March”) a pedestrian bridge collapsed crushing several people. Six people died. My take on the issue was that the groups responsible were spending a lot of money to build a monument to diversity. (14 or 15 million dollar grant from the federal .gov was involved.) They just couldn’t be bothered to spend time on the actual engineering. (Math is hard.)
Now it turns out they couldn’t be bothered to pay attention to the fact that their bridge was collapsing before their eyes.
Large cracks appeared in the Florida International University pedestrian bridge just days before it collapsed, killing six.
An update from the National Transport Safety Board says their investigation has revealed significant breaks in the concrete emerged after the bridge was moved to its place above the roadway on March 10.
That is 5 days before the collapse. That is plenty of time to have the road closed. The bridge shored up with timbers. Whatever. But all that is nasty engineering and construction. If you click thru to The Daily Mail, the photos are not of minor cracks from concrete curing too fast. It is hard to gauge size in the photo, because there is no reference, but one crack would appear to be about 1/2 inch or more – right adjacent to where a vertical support meets a deck. (If I saw that kind of crack, I think I would avoid that bridge for awhile.) Maybe I’m mistaken, but the result – five days later – would seem to imply that paranoia would have been appropriate.
Let’s not forget that this pedestrian bridge weighed in at 950 tons. Because beauty. Or something. And those cracks started showing up even before the bridge was lifted into place on the roadway supports.
Here are some previous posts on the bridge collapse.
- Dashcam video of the collapse
- Thoughts on the nature of Math in Engineering
- And Math and Engineering are Hard
Hat tip to Irons in the Fire.