Mississippi River Bridge Collapse

Coleman said Gov. Tim Pawlenty had told him the 40-year-old bridge was inspected and “given a clean bill of health” three years ago.

6 dead as Mississippi River bridge falls amid rush hour in Minneapolis – CNN.com

Based on the photos just coming in, there will be many more than 6 fatalities before this is over. Even if nobody died, one wonders whether more frequent inspections and some type of active sensor network would cost more than the repairs and forthcoming traffic diversion. See Aging Infrastructure Mesh.

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