The twelfth victim of the 35W Bridge collapse was found on Sunday and identified today. There is only one more person on the official missing person’s list. Navy divers work in the Mississippi River when there is no salvage work going on. They have to wait for debris to be cleared in order to search the area.
Investigators are still looking into the cause of the bridge collapse.
According to the internal state Department of Transportation documents, officials were ready Dec. 6 to go ahead with a plan to install steel plates at several areas on the bridge as a patchwork fix amid reports that it was structurally deficient, as recommended by an outside consulting firm. The project was shelved after the state determined the process could actually weaken the bridge.
The DOT was using inspections to keep an eye on the bridge for and dangerous cracks in the beams. The inspections were halted while the concrete decking was repaired on the bridge. There was construction work being done on the Minneapolis bridge when it collapsed on August 1st.
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