the Pittsburgh bridge which collapsed on Friday morning in front of President Bidenthe arrival of in the City of Iron was not known to be compromised and was not scheduled for maintenance via the federal infrastructure bill, according to at government recordings.
The disaster left three hospitalized and 10 others injured near Frick Park early Friday morning. Although no fatalities were reported and all victims are in stable condition, the massive collapse shook the city and surrounding areas.
The city’s 2021 Transportation Improvement Program, which was tasked with allocating federal funds for transportation infrastructure, did not consider the Frick Park Bridge.
The bridge was built in 1970. The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation, which rates bridges on a scale of 0 to 9 – with 9 representing the best condition – rated the now-collapsed bridge’s substructure a 6, according to BNC News. The bridge deck and superstructure had ratings of 4, according to PennDOT.
President Biden stopped by the site of the collapse on Friday afternoon. It quickly became a symbol of deteriorating infrastructure in American cities, and Biden has used the destruction of the bridge in his rhetoric ever since.
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“I’ve been coming to Pittsburgh for a long time — and as a former Pennsylvanian. But I didn’t realize there were literally more bridges in Pittsburgh than in any other city in the world,” Biden told the collapsed bridge.
Biden promised the crowd that the city’s bridge infrastructure would be addressed, along with all 43,000 bridges in the United States
“I knew there were a lot of bridges — I had no idea,” Biden said of the national total. “And we’re going to fix them all. It’s no joke. It’s going to be a gigantic change. There are 43,000 across the country, and we’re sending them money.”
The U.S. Army Reserve was deployed to ensure there were no casualties below the bridge after the collapse. Pittsburgh Fire Chief Darryl Jones said a gas leak caused by the collapse was “under control,” adding that families told to evacuate during the leak have returned home with gas service restored.