FILE from March 10, 2018: Early morning view of the main span of the FIU-Sweetwater UniversityCity Pedestrian Bridge as it was lifted from its temporary supports, rotated 90 degrees across an eight-lane thoroughfare and lowered into its permanent position over SW 8 Street. The 174-foot, 950-ton section of the bridge was built adjacent to Southwest Eight Street using Accelerated Bridge Construction (ABC) methods, which are being advanced at FIU's Accelerated Bridge Construction University Transportation Center (ABC-UTC). The bridge was designed by FIGG Bridge Engineers and built by MCM. Barnhart Crane and Rigging operated the Self-Propelled Modular Transporters that placed the bridge on its permanent supports.
The Miami-Dade Police Department and the National Transportation Safety Board speak to the media about the investigation of the FIU pedestrian bridge collapse on March 16, 2018. Photo by Pedro Portal; video by José A. Iglesias
On December 7th & 8th 2017, the MCM Florida International University Team attended the National Accelerated Bridge Construction (ABC) Conference at the Hyatt Residence in Miami. The FIU project was presented during the conference explaining how the ABC techniques will be used to erect the main span over SW 8th Street.
A pedestrian bridge under construction collapsed Thursday, just days after crews had dropped an elevated 950-ton span in place on a signature project that was intended to give Florida International University students a safe route across the busy roadway.