Now, about the "M" bridge:
There's evidence there was damage to this bridge at least as long ago as 2019. Apparently the only reason the bridge was closed this time is that this time one of the inspectors called 911 and said the traffic needed to be cleared as soon as possible. This is making us wonder what the heck these inspections are for. To give us comfort and confidence? In spite of the present dangers? Do these inspection reports just get submitted, ignored, and filed without any serious consideration of the issues uncovered? Scary!
from the news:
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (WMC) - One of the benefits of the M-bridge being so beloved and so photographed by Memphians is we have lots of pictures and videos of it. So, when transportation officials said they didn’t know when that bridge fracture happened, a couple of curious citizens started looking through their photo albums.
from WKNO: While reviewing their current investigation of the fracture, ADOT spokesperson Dave Parker says staff came across drone footage from a consulting firm’s inspection of the bridge’s cables in 2019. “That drone video happened to capture an image of what looks to be evidence of damage in May of 2019 that’s in the same area as this break,” he says, noting that the consulting firm was not hired to do a “full blown inspection,” just examine the cables. Now, the agency is looking into whether damage was identified during ADOT’s official inspection of the crossing in September of 2019.