The 950-ton bridge was just installed Saturday. According to a fact sheet about the bridge on FIU’s website, it cost $14.2 million to build and was funded as part of a $19.4 million grant from the US Department of Transportation.
A pedestrian bridge installed just 5 days ago collapsed at Florida International University in Miami on Thursday, resulting in multiple deaths.
Lt. Alejandro Camacho of the Florida Highway Patrol told media that “five to six vehicles” were crushed underneath the bridge.
Firetrucks, police and other emergency vehicles are at the scene.
Florida Gov. Rick Scott tweeted that he has spoken with Miami-Dade County Police Chief Juan Perez about the bridge collapse.
Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said at the top of Thursday’s press briefing that the White House is monitoring the bridge collapse at Florida International University and that President Trump has been briefed on the matter.
She added that the administration is ready to “offer whatever support needed” to the local officials and community.
The bridge was installed just this past weekend.
Florida International University sent a press release on Saturday, March 10th, announcing that the bridge had been “lifted from its temporary supports, rotated 90 degrees across an eight-lane thoroughfare, and lowered into its permanent position.”
“FIU is about building bridges and student safety. This project accomplishes our mission beautifully,” FIU President Mark B. Rosenberg had said in the statement.
“We are filled with pride and satisfaction at seeing this engineering feat come to life and connect our campus to the surrounding community where thousands of our students live.”