…because unlike certain over-the-hill Metro columnists, I’m not going to pretend to be an engineer, but…
Engineers think they might have possibly found
egg on Nick Coleman, Elwyn Tinklenburg, Alice Hausman, Amy Klobuchar and Wreck Chupke’s faces a possible clue as to what might have brought down the 35W River Bridge:
Opening a new window into last week’s fatal bridge collapse, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) said that one of its areas of inquiry involves the design of steel connecting plates known as gusset plates; the material makeup of those plates; and the loads and stresses they bore.
Hours later, Secretary of Transportation Mary Peters said the NTSB indicated that the stress on the bridge’s gusset plates may have been a factor in the bridge collapse and that one possible stress may have been the weight of construction equipment and materials on the bridge.
A mistake on the drawing board?
Wow – that would have nothing to do with the gas tax, would it?
Again – it’s way too soon to tell; this is nowhere close to a conclusion.
But if it is, Nick Coleman is going to have some ‘splainin’ to do.