Newly released records show that eight years ago, the state of Pennsylvania ordered more frequent inspections of the Pittsburgh bridge that collapsed last week.
State officials said in 2014, inspections of the Fern Hollow Bridge were recommended every year instead of every 24 months. In 2018, major concerns were found due to rusting and a detached X-shaped bracing. Engineers replaced the bracing with steel cables, but other repairs deemed not imminent hazards were pushed off and never done.
Inspections starting in 1999 show the bridge was rated in fair condition until 2009 and was downgraded to poor in 2011. The NTSB is investigating the collapse that left 10 people injured and seven vehicles destroyed.