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3 state bridges pass second inspection

MONTGOMERY (AP) — Three Alabama bridges similar in design to the span that collapsed Aug. 1 in Minnesota got a second review by a different team of inspectors. No serious problems were found.

“There were no findings that differed from the last inspections,” said Tony Harris, spokesman for the state Department of Transportation.

The three Alabama 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.

“In Alabama, we used DOT inspectors from other parts of Alabama — in each case, inspectors with no experience on these particular deck truss bridges,” Harris said. “This fresh inspection was ordered to give additional assurances that our bridges are safe, and that no problems were going undetected.”

Harris said the latest inspections “validated that our three deck truss bridges are safe and sound.”

Gov. Bob Riley ordered the inspection of the three after the deadly collapse in Minneapolis prompted widespread reviews of bridge safety.

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