As most of you probably heard, there was a major bridge failure in Minnesota the other day. The investigation is on-going, they'll have causes and scientific data within a short period of time, and I bet there is going to be an "Attorney Convention" suddenly happening in Minneapolis very shortly.
I bring this up because the Arizona Republic is reporting that Arizona Governor Janet Napolitano is ordering Arizona Department of Transportation inspection teams to conduct a review of bridges in Arizona.
In Washington, Governor Gregoire is pretty much doing the same.
I'm pretty confident that WaSDOT (Washington State DOT) won't find any incidents, as they're pretty good at keeping bridges up-to-snuff since the First Tacoma Narrows Bridge fell decades ago.
Arizona... I'm not so sure. Many of our rivers are dry riverbeds, and only encounter lateral forces after a good rain. Because of this, I've seen a few bridges down here need major work after a series of good monsoonal storms.
So, the question is to enthusiasts... what do you think about your state (or province) and the safety of their bridges?