U.S. Bridge Information
We extend our sympathy to the families who lost loved ones in the tragedy in Minnesota and our prayers to those who were injured. Obviously, this is a tragedy of historic proportions for the state of Minnesota and all of us empathize with the victims and their families, and the agencies that responded.
What happened in Minnesota is an occasion for every state to pause and consider what can be learned from the yet undetermined cause of this incident.
However, it is too soon to know what caused the I-35W bridge to fall. The National Transportation Safety Board, with assistance from the Federal Highway Administration, is conducting the investigation, which will continue in the next weeks and months. In the meantime, we have no reason to believe that any of the other bridges in this country are in any danger.
Bridges and large culverts are designed, constructed, and maintained with the best in professional care by highway agencies throughout the country. Their robust inspection and safety programs meet or exceed all federal requirements.
Except where federal exemptions are granted, states are required to inspect bridges on the National Bridge Inventory at least once every two years.
Highway and bridge safety is taken very seriously by our members.
The American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials, including the Subcommittee on Public Affairs, has extended its expertise and resources to assist with any needs of investigators, the Minnesota Department of Transportation, and our member states. One of those needs has been credible and trusted public information, which is being addressed through the provision of this Web site.