Three Bridges Similar in Design to Minnesota Span Get Another OK

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - Three Alabama bridges similar in design to the span that collapsed August 1st in Minnesota got a second inspection and again no serious problems were found.

The three bridges, known as deck truss bridges with steel plates that reinforce truss connections, are similar to the I-35 bridge in Minneapolis that killed at least 13 people when it collapsed.

The three span the Tallapoosa River on Alabama 14 in Tallassee, the Coosa River on Alabama 22 in Chilton County, and the Tennessee River on U.S. 43 in the Shoals area.

After the first review, DOT Director Joe McInnes said the agency didn't plan further action until officials determine what caused the Minneapolis collapse.

DOT spokesman Tony Harris said Alabama is among several states that decided to conduct a second set of inspections with different teams.

(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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