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Tue March 20, 2018 - National Edition
In the wake of the tragic FIU bridge collapse, North Carolina Department of Transportation officials have assured residents that two state bridges built using Accelerated Bridge Construction are, in fact, safe.
FIU's University Transportation Center has an Accelerated Bridge Construction web page which outlines a series of bridges using this method, including some in North Carolina, WLOC reported. However, Steve Abbott, assistant director of communications at the North Carolina Department of Transportation, said that the ABC methods used for bridges like Asheville's Biltmore Avenue Bridge and Newland's Linn Cove Viaduct are different from those used in the FIU bridge.
“There are lots of different types of Accelerated Bridge Construction methods and we have used some on a small scale, such as building a bridge slab or other piece of a bridge off site and then putting it into place,” said Abbott. “But, we never built a whole bridge offsite and then moved it into place like Florida, so that project has nothing in common with our use of one of the methods.”
According to the FHWA, Accelerated Bridge Construction methods come in a few different forms, including:
The FHWA said the benefits of ABC methods include:
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