'Structurally Deficient' Bridges in MA

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In the wake of a massive bridge collapse in Minneapolis, Massachusetts Highway Department officials said they are looking closely at bridges in the Bay State.

Department Commissioner Luisa Paiewonsky said state officials are finishing a review of recent inspection reports to determine which bridges need attention first.

"We're starting with bridges that are known to be structurally deficient," Paiewonsky said. "If it's been longer than six months since their last inspection, we will go out and re-inspect them."

There are 24 so-called "steel-truss bridges" in Massachusetts, structures similar to the portion of interstate that collapsed into the Mississippi River.

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