Engineers Examine Virginia Bridges

August 6, 2007

Highway engineers are examining a dozen Virginia bridges similar to the one that collapsed in Minnesota killing at least five people last week.

Anwar Ahmad, assistant state bridge engineer for the Virginia Department of Transportation, says they'll come up with a plan if they find anything unusual.

The Federal Highway Administration urged states on Friday to review inspections reports on their deck truss bridges.

Among the 12 bridges being examined this week are the Boulevard Bridge and the northern approaches to Interstate 95's James River Bridge in Richmond, the Coleman Bridge on the York River at Yorktown, and the Norris Bridge over the Rappahannock River at White Stone.

VDOT says it has inspected all of the structures within the past two years. Two are being replaced, and Ahmad says VDOT is soliciting for bids to replace another.

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