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Construction style used in collapsed Florida bridge varies from state to state

Construction style used in collapsed Florida bridge varies from state to state (NTV News)

The collapse of a pedestrian bridge at Florida International University may leave Nebraskans wondering if our own bridges are safe.

The bridge in Florida was constructed using the National Accelerated Bridge Construction (A.B.C.), but one state bridge engineer said there isn't actually a standard way in this form of construction.

Mark Traynowicz said Nebraska does, in fact, use this form of construction but he said almost every other state does as well.

"Accelerated bridge construction or A.B.C. means a lot of things. It's really anyway we build a bridge faster than to form it and pour it on site," said Nebraska Department of Transportation's bridge engineer Mark Traynowicz.

He ensures Nebraskans that our bridges are inspected every one to two years.

With the Legislature's help, a bill from 2016 has given up to $40 million and a total of seven years to assist in repairing and reconstructing county bridges.

"What this program does is it helps to replace those bridges and to get these roads to be more passable by today's equipment and today's farm trucks and any type of heavy vehicle," said Traynowicz.

Traynowicz said to assure the safety of drivers and farmers, they will close the road if it becomes unsafe.

Out of 15,000 roads, only 144 are currently closed.

For more information on the program, click this link.

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