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NTSB: Gusset plate caused 35W bridge collapse

The New York Times is reporting that faulty design is to blame for the collapse of the 35W bridge. Somewhere, Carol Molnau is doing cartwheels.

The finding would seem to exonerate Molnau and MnDOT from blame for the August 1 disaster that killed 13. Key passage:

“This is not a bridge-inspection thing,” said one investigator, “It’s calculating loads and looking at designs.” The investigator spoke on condition of anonymity in order to discuss the investigators’ findings before the announcement Tuesday.

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