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Bridge Community Offers Assistance for I-35W Collapse Investigation

August 02, 2007 From American Institute of Steel Construction, Inc.

On behalf of all its members and staff, the American Institute of Steel Construction (AISC) and the National Steel Bridge Alliance (NSBA) offer its sympathy to all of the victims of yesterday’s tragic collapse of the I-35W bridge over the Mississippi River in Minneapolis.

“We pray for the speedy recovery of the survivors and applaud the excellent rescue and recovery efforts,” stated Conn Abnee, NSBA executive director. “While it would be premature and inappropriate to speculate at this time on the cause of the collapse, our members will be offering to help in any way possible. The National Transportation Safety Board, along with other federal and state offices, is currently beginning an investigation and we stand ready to assist them as needed.”

In addition, as the steel bridge community has in the past, NSBA and AISC members stand ready to assist in restoring traffic with either a temporary or permanent bridge structure, Abnee stressed.

“This horrific incident serves as a reminder about the decaying state of our country’s infrastructure—not only bridges, but also roadways, railways, power stations, and even steam pipes under our older cities,” Abnee said. “Our organization is dedicated to reversing this deterioration through continued advancement and improvement in materials, designs, and technologies that will make our nation’s structures safer and more reliable than ever.”

For more information contact:

Scott Melnick
VP of Communications
(312) 670-8314
[email protected]

American Institute of Steel Construction
The American Institute of Steel Construction, headquartered in Chicago, is a not-for-profit technical institute and trade association established in 1921 to serve the structural steel design community and construction industry. AISC’s mission is to make structural steel the material of choice by being the leader in structural steel-related technical and market-building activities, including: specification and code development, research, education, technical assistance, quality certification, standardization, and market development. AISC has a long tradition of service to the steel construction industry of providing timely and reliable information. 

130 East Randolph St. Suite 2000
Chicago IL 60601
Phone: 312.670.2400
Fax: 312.626.2402
www.aisc.org