Designers of collapsed Florida bridge also designed I35 bridge in Minnesota

Company says it is "stunned" by the disaster.

Posted: Mar. 16, 2018 11:59 AM

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - The company that designed a pedestrian bridge that collapsed in Florida is the same company that designed the new Interstate 35W bridge in Minnesota, after the old span collapsed more than 10 years ago.

The engineering company is FIGG Bridge Group. Its new pedestrian bridge in Miami was hailed as a technological innovation before it collapsed Thursday, killing several people.

FIGG said in a statement that it's stunned by the collapse. The cause is under investigation, but authorities said Friday that cables were being tightened when it collapsed.

In 2007, the Interstate 35W bridge collapsed in Minneapolis, killing 13 people and injuring 145. After that tragedy, FIGG was selected to design the replacement bridge that is currently in use.

FIGG also designed the Wabasha Freedom Bridge in St. Paul.

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