Bridge collapses prompt inspections nationwide - WRCBtv.com | Chattanooga News, Weather & Sports

Bridge collapses prompt inspections nationwide

Posted: Updated:
CHATTANOOGA, TN (WRCB) -

After the interstate highway bridge in Washington state collapsed on Thursday; city engineers throughout the U.S. are being encouraged to take a closer look at any potential structure or maintenance issues.

The National Transportation Safety Board said this incident should be a major wake up call.

"I think it stirred everyone nationwide to increase there bridge inspections," says Public Works inspector Lee Norris.

Norris said there are a few maintenance issues on the bridge located near Hickory Valley Road. 

"TDOT recommended that we lowered the weight limit from 13 to 7 tons.  Once we do that and the required maintenance, we will move it up to the original class weight." 

According to Public Works the bridge currently under maintain is structurally sound and doesn't pose a danger to anyone crossing it.  they assured us.

TDOT just completed a strict inspection that takes place every two years through the Tennessee Department of Transportation. 

Minus a few issues that are currently being worked on - Chattanooga is on the rise for being a big tourist destination.  Chattanooga's bridges are one of the many wonderful attractions locals and visitors enjoy.

"We love the Walnut Street Bridge.  I actually bought my daughter a plaque for her graduation just because she grew up in Chattanooga," says Robin Dance.

Public Works said the maintenance issues should be corrected within two weeks - before tdot does another full inspection

  • NewsMore>>

  • Another American in Liberia contracts Ebola: Group

    Another American in Liberia contracts Ebola: Group

    Tuesday, September 2 2014 5:56 PM EDT2014-09-02 21:56:16 GMT
    A missionary group says another American doctor has contracted the Ebola virus while working at a hospital in Liberia.More
    A missionary group says another American doctor has contracted the Ebola virus while working at a hospital in Liberia.More
  • Fatal shooting at Memphis daycare

    Fatal shooting at Memphis daycare

    Tuesday, September 2 2014 5:46 PM EDT2014-09-02 21:46:05 GMT
    Police say a man who shot and killed his estranged wife outside a Memphis daycare early Tuesday morning, later turned the gun on himself.  More
    Police say a man who shot and killed his estranged wife outside a Memphis daycare early Tuesday morning, later turned the gun on himself.  More
  • Vandals strike North GA school

    Vandals strike North GA school

    Tuesday, September 2 2014 5:38 PM EDT2014-09-02 21:38:36 GMT
    Vandals defaced one North Georgia school upsetting the whole community. They were spotted by surveillance cameras. Now detectives are asking for the public's help identifying these criminals. More
    Vandals defaced one North Georgia school upsetting the whole community. They were spotted by surveillance cameras. Now detectives are asking for the public's help identifying these criminals. More
Powered by WorldNow
Can't find what you're looking for?

WRCB-TV
900 Whitehall Road
Chattanooga, TN 37405
(423) 267-5412

WRCB Jobs EEO | FCC Public Files

Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 WorldNow and WRCB. All Rights Reserved. For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.