If you followed earlier links, you know Arkansas officials say you’re safe on our bridges because they are inspected regularly, etc. For the record:

The eight-lane bridge in Minneapolis that collapsed on Wednesday had been diligently inspected for years and had always passed, state officials said yesterday.

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It did not, however, get stellar grades for its condition.

Additionally, officials said the bridge’s design had been considered outmoded for decades because a single failure of a structural part could bring down the whole bridge. About 11 percent of the nation’s steel bridges, mostly from the 1950s and 1960s, lack the redundant protection to reduce these failures, federal officials said.

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