The company that designed a pedestrian bridge that collapsed in Florida is the same company that designed the new Interstate 35W bridge in Minnesota, after the old span collapsed more than 10 years ago.
In 2007, the bridge collapsed in Minneapolis, killing 13 people and injuring 145. After that tragedy, FIGG was selected to design the replacement bridge that is currently in use.
NTSB chairman Robert Sumwalt says the investigation into both bridge collapses are similar, explaining, ” About 11 years ago, the Minneapolis bridge, I-35W that claimed nine lives and so we do certainly have experience in that.”
The FIGG Bridge Group’s new pedestrian bridge in Miami was hailed as a technological innovation before it collapsed Thursday, killing several people.
FIGG said in a statement that it’s stunned by the collapse. The cause is under investigation, but authorities said Friday that cables were being tightened when it collapsed.
FIGG also designed the Wabasha Freedom Bridge in St. Paul.