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Florida bridge collapse raises safety concerns in Lafayette

The deadly bridge collapse in Florida is raising some concerns for people in Lafayette.

Posted: Mar. 25, 2018 5:29 PM
Updated: Mar. 26, 2018 9:04 AM

LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI)-- The deadly bridge collapse in Florida is raising concerns for people in Lafayette. On March 15, the cable-stayed bridge collapsed killing six people.

With bridges going up in Tippecanoe County we wanted to know what goes into the construction in Indiana. Tippecanoe Highway Department Executive Director Stewart Kline said the bridges in Lafayette are not structured like the one in Florida.

"Typical bridges around here that are conventional construction," Kline said. "They've been done for hundreds of years and there are safety factors and everything. There's really nothing to be concerned about."

Max Kauffman remembers seeing the coverage on the news. He is visiting Purdue after being admitted into their civil engineering program.

"What I really don't understand with that bridge in Florida," Kauffman said. "I read that there was suppose to be one more support tower that was supposed to be installed and I don't understand why that wasn't."

Bridges in Tippecanoe County are inspected every two years and must pass design standards. Kline said the department is starting to work on the Schuyler Avenue bridge.

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