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Collapsed Bridge Passed Inspection in 2018; DOT Still Investigating

Tue April 02, 2019 - Southeast Edition
Emily Buenzle


According to Flynn, the falling concrete seemed to suggest that it had recently been hit by something, but the incident is still under investigation.
According to Flynn, the falling concrete seemed to suggest that it had recently been hit by something, but the incident is still under investigation.
According to Flynn, the falling concrete seemed to suggest that it had recently been hit by something, but the incident is still under investigation. The interchange, which was built in the 1950s, did pass its inspection with a

The concrete railing portion of a bridge collapsed, injuring one in Chattanooga, Tenn., on April 1.

The incident occurred at the I-75 North and I-24 West split, and shut down two interstate ramps on what is reported to be one of the nation's busiest intersections, CNN reported. The section of railing fell from the I-75 ramp onto the I-24 ramp, and while the ramps reopened later in the evening, TDOT said in a tweet that permanent repairs will take weeks to complete.

The interchange, which was built in the 1950s, did pass its inspection with a "fair" rating in 2018, but is still known to some as one of the state's worst, WSB-TV reported. "We do have a contract to redo the interchange in the near future," said TDOT employee Jennifer Flynn, referring to a $132 million contract that the state awarded in December 2018, The Tennessean reported. The work is slated to begin in fall 2019.Photo tweets from the Chattanooga Fire Department show a car crushed from the falling railing. "Responders on scene say [the] person sustained non-life-threatening injuries," the tweet said. According to TDOT, the collapse was a "once in a lifetime accident," CNN reported.

According to Flynn, the falling concrete seemed to suggest that it had recently been hit by something, but the incident is still under investigation.