Gov. Riley Asks DOT to Inspect Bridges Designed Like Minnesota Span

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) - Governor Bob Riley wants the Alabama Department of Transportation to inspect bridges designed like the span that collapsed in Minneapolis.

They are called steel deck truss bridges and there are three in Alabama.

One spans the Tallapoosa River on Highway 14 in Tallassee.

Another crosses the Coosa River on Highway 22 in Chilton County. A third was built on the Tennessee River on Highway 14 in the Shoals.

Although they are of the same design, the bridges are not exactly
the same.

The longest Alabama steel deck truss bridge is 300 feet, about 150 feet shorter than the eight lane Minneapolis bridge.

The bridges in Tallapoosa and Chilton counties are two lane and the one over the Tennessee River is four lanes.

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