Well, since OSB opened the Can of Blame-Worms:
State report shows downed bridge had gouges, impact damage months ago
Published May 25, 2013
MOUNT VERNON, Wash. – Officials in Washington state performed a special inspection six months ago on the Interstate 5 bridge that collapsed because there were indications it had been struck by a different vehicle.
An inspection report released Friday by the state Department of Transportation says inspectors brought in a bucket truck to examine the structure and identified tears, deformations and gouges on the northbound side of the bridge.
In that Nov. 29, 2012, impact, an overheight truck struck a metal overhead truss on the bridge, DOT spokeswoman Broch Bender said. An inspection crew determined the bridge to be safe, with only minor repairs required. She said those minor repairs were added to an existing list of bridge maintenance items to be completed at a future date.
The inspection report also details a variety of other problems with the bridge, including vegetation growing in panels, and rust. It also summarizes a variety of parts on the bridge that have been subjected to “high-load” hits.
IOW, WDOT knew 6 months ago that this bridge had sustained damage from multiple hits by over-sized trucks (that may have attempted to use the bridge, as with the truck that brought down the bridge, with the permission of WDOT) plus other damage. And slated repairs into the undetermined future. Want to assign blame? Start with WDOT! This was a (Hades) of a way to maintain a key link on the West Coast’s main north-south highway!
And in the spirit of Axelrod-ian Non-Partisanship guess the party of the Governor of WA, who oversees WDOT … and the party of every Governor of WA since 1985!
WDOT screwed up, big time! But can we keep stupid partisanship out of disasters like this (or the Moore, OK tornado)?!