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officials say crews removed 2 vehicles from under bridge


miami — the latest on the deadly pedestrian bridge collapse in miami (all times local):12:30 p.m.officials say two cars have been removed from under the rubble of a collapsed pedestrian walkway at florida international university in miami.miami-dade fire rescue chief arthur holmes jr. says crews won't leave until all the vehicles that were trapped under the bridge are retrieved. police said the first two vehicles were removed saturday.the bridge collapsed thursday, killing at least six people.miami-dade police director juan perez says dna may be needed to confirm some victims' identities, along with fingerprints and family photographs. he said the process of recovering the remaining cars was arduous."right now we're just chipping away," he said at a news conference saturday.






86th street bridge over i-35w in bloomington opens this morning


it's been seven months since commuters have been able to cross the 86th street bridge over i-35w in bloomington. that will change tuesday.the minnesota department of transportation will open the new bridge at 6 a.m., said spokesman david aeikens.cold weather delayed the opening, which was to have occurred last week. but with snow and temperatures in the 20s, crews were unable to put down lane markings. this week's warmer weather allowed crews to stripe the road on monday. crews also were to install an ornamental railing paid for by the city of bloomington, aeikens said.the bridge used by about 6,100 vehicles a day has been closed since aprilin minneapolis, the portland avenue bridge over i-94 and the ramp from 31st street to i-35w south is scheduled to open wednesday.where to park downtown






highway 1 bridge to be demolished monday


big sur – the condemned pfeiffer canyon bridge on highway 1 will be demolished on monday with a wrecking ball, caltrans announced friday.the wrecking ball will be hung from a crane on the north side of the bridge. it will start slamming into the bridge at 7 a.m. jim shivers, a caltrans spokesman, said engineers plan on completing the demolition on monday, though it could take hours to complete.“this is not likely something that’s going to happen in five or 10 minutes, this could go on for hours until the structure comes down,” shivers said, adding that engineers want the demolition to be slow and methodical.debris from the bridge will fall to the canyon below and shivers said crews will use equipment to break the debris up before a bulldozer will gather the material to put it on a truck an






crews to keep working on stillwater lift bridge through the night


after the stillwater lift bridge got stuck for much of tuesday in the up position, workers got the span to lower, only to get it stuck again halfway up when they tried to raise it again.crews were planning to work through the night, but motorists still have to find another way across the river into wednesday. officials hope to have all the work done by 6 a.m.it all started with an electrical malfunction about noon, stopping the bridge when it was three-quarters of the way up and about 30 feet above the water, according to minnesota department of transportation officials. crews hoped to have the malfunction repaired by 8 p.m. tuesday, but at 9 p.m. mndot tweeted, “stillwater lift bridge still closed. crews will work through the night. use alternate routes.”in a late statement tuesday, mndot






crews to keep working on stillwater lift bridge through the night


after the stillwater lift bridge got stuck for much of tuesday in the up position, workers got the span to lower, only to get it stuck again halfway up when they tried to raise it again.crews were planning to work through the night, but motorists still have to find another way across the river into wednesday. officials hope to have all the work done by 6 a.m.it all started with an electrical malfunction about noon, stopping the bridge when it was three-quarters of the way up and about 30 feet above the water, according to minnesota department of transportation officials. crews hoped to have the malfunction repaired by 8 p.m. tuesday, but at 9 p.m. mndot tweeted, “stillwater lift bridge still closed. crews will work through the night. use alternate routes.”in a late statement tuesday, mndot






portland avenue bridge over i-94 closed again


drivers who use the portland avenue bridge to cross i-94 in minneapolis will once again have to find an alternate route.the bridge closed wednesday morning so crews could get started on some "unanticipated work," the minnesota department of transportation said.motorists will be directed to use chicago avenue to cross i-94.it was not immediately clear how long the bridge would be closed. "we will let you know when it when we have more definitive information. it could be a few days. it could be a week or longer," said spokesman david aeikens.during the closure, the bridge will remain open to bicyclists and pedestrians as well as emergency vehicles.the closure comes after the bridge had been closed for several weeks during september and october as mndot removed a pier and rebuilt a portion of






neighbors’ hearts locked against bridge’s romantic tokens


norfolk, va. (ap) — after years of resisting the efforts of neighbors who deemed a bridge’s love locks eyesores, a virginia city has sliced through those no longer enduring gestures of romance.the virginian-pilot reports norfolk public works crews removed more than 100 love locks from the hague bridge with power tools and bolt cutters on wednesday, a day after city officials announced they would remove them to end a grand jury process for a public nuisance lawsuit.city spokeswoman lori crouch says that the public works department won’t specifically monitor for a rekindling of the tokens. she says people can pick up removed locks.love locks have been placed on bridges worldwide, and are no strangers to controversy. in 2015, paris officials removed 700,000 locks from the pont des arts over d






portland avenue bridge over i-94 closed again


drivers who use the portland avenue bridge to cross i-94 in minneapolis will once again have to find an alternate route.the bridge closed wednesday morning so crews could get started on some "unanticipated utility work," the minnesota department of transportation said.motorists will be directed to use chicago avenue to cross i-94.it was not immediately clear how long the bridge would be closed. "we will let you know when it when we have more definitive information. it could be a few days. it could be a week or longer," said spokesman david aeikens.during the closure, the bridge will remain open to bicyclists and pedestrians as well as emergency vehicles.the closure comes after the bridge had been closed for several weeks during september and october as mndot removed a pier and rebuilt a po






stillwater lift bridge reopens in time for morning commute


crews worked through the night to restore power, but the bridge will close again wednesday night for more repairssuccess. minnesota department of transportation crews worked through the night to restore power to the stillwater lift bridge and reopen the bridge in time for wednesday’s morning commute.the bridge linking stillwater with western wisconsin opened at 5 a.m., said kevin gutknecht, a mndot spokesman.crews from mndot’s electrical services section made a temporary repair to the bridge’s main power cable after it failed on tuesday. they will be back out wednesday to make a permanent repair. to do that, mndot will close the bridge at 10 p.m. until 6 a.m. thursday, weather permitting, said spokesman kent barnard.the stillwater lift bridge got stuck for much of tuesday in the up positio






stillwater lift bridge reopens in time for morning commute


crews worked through the night to restore power, but the bridge will close again wednesday night for more repairssuccess. minnesota department of transportation crews worked through the night to restore power to the stillwater lift bridge and reopen the bridge in time for wednesday’s morning commute.the bridge linking stillwater with western wisconsin opened at 5 a.m., said kevin gutknecht, a mndot spokesman.crews from mndot’s electrical services section made a temporary repair to the bridge’s main power cable after it failed on tuesday. they will be back out wednesday to make a permanent repair. to do that, mndot will close the bridge at 10 p.m. until 6 a.m. thursday, weather permitting, said spokesman kent barnard.the stillwater lift bridge got stuck for much of tuesday in the up positio






the latest: drivers hit atlanta roads after bridge collapse


atlanta — the latest on commuters facing traffic challenge after fiery collapse of a major atlanta interstate bridge. (all times local):7:25 a.m.traffic appeared light monday morning around 6 a.m. as the first full workweek opens since the fiery collapse of a major atlanta interstate bridge.crews continued working around the clock to remove scorched debris from the collapsed bridge weakened by a fierce blaze on thursday. a portion of interstate 85 is still closed and commuters were redirected to take alternate route to bypass the wrecked area.fewer cars are expected to be on the road than usual because spring break for all metro atlanta public schools began monday.the bridge is the key link to some of the city's biggest suburbs. it carries about 400,000 vehicles a day in a city.officials p






detroit-area bridge project on interstate 75 to end in 2018


detroit (ap) — officials say road crews are on track to finish rebuilding a large bridge over interstate 75 by the end of 2018. the detroit news reports the michigan department of transportation this week gave an update on the rouge river bridge project. the southbound lanes of i-75 have been closed for about 8 miles (13 kilometers) from detroit to southgate since february for construction.in mid-november, work will take place in the northbound lanes.the $220 million project is replacing concrete on the bridge, which carries 37 million vehicles per year, and replacing or repairing 13 other spans. the rouge river bridge originally was built in 1967 and the bridge deck had deteriorated to the point of needing replacement.most read storiesunlimited digital access. $1 for 4 weeks.___online: ht






brookhaven cleans up 200 tons of illegally dumped debris


advertisement | advertise on newsdaypiles of debris found on the south service road of sunrise highway in moriches, just west of moriches-middle island road. brookhaven crews removed the debris on march 10, 2017. (credit: brookhaven councilman dan panico) brookhaven crews friday removed more than 200 tons of concrete, asphalt and other debris that had been dumped on roads in manorville and moriches as town officials sought to determine where the material came from.officials said the debris was dumped illegally and is the latest such incident on long island in recent years.town crews removed more than 150 tons of material from a sunrise...






alligator river bridge in north carolina closing for repairs


columbia, n.c. (ap) — road crews are closing a major bridge to the north carolina outer banks so they can renovate the parts that help open the drawbridge.the state department of transportation says it will close the alligator river bridge that carries u.s. highway 64 early wednesday. officials hope to reopen the bridge between tyrrell and dare counties by the end of march 20.the dot says crews will replace the electrical and mechanical components to extend the life of the 58-year-old two-lane bridge over the intracoastal waterway about 40 miles (64 kilometers) west of the outer banksofficials say drivers heading to or from the outer banks can use u.s. 264 as a detour, but it doubles the typical 30-mile (48-kilometer) trip.most read nation & world storiesunlimited digital access: $1 for 4






3 vehicles damaged by ice falling from massachusetts bridge


bourne, mass. (ap) — police say several vehicles were damaged by chunks of ice that fell from the higher reaches of a massachusetts bridge.police one vehicle had to be towed from the scene after a piece of ice smashed through its windshield as it drove across the sagamore bridge in bourne at about 6 a.m. monday.two other damaged vehicles were driven from the scene.no injuries were reported.most read storiesunlimited digital access: $1 for 4 weekspolice sgt. wallace perry says the more than 1,400-foot bridge that carries u.s. route 6 across the cape cod canal is expected to remain open.






town bridge closes after it collapses from deterioration


bow, n.h. (ap) — officials say a bridge in new hampshire is closed to all traffic after it collapsed.bow officials say the birchdale road bridge has been closed to vehicles since 2015 after an underwater inspection of the bridge showed it had structural deficiencies. the concord monitor reports it is now closed to all foot and bicycle traffic after it collapsed early wednesday.town manager dave stack says the bridge’s culvert has deteriorated to the point where sand and gravel were falling through.bow voters approved a $772,000 warrant article for the bridge replacement in march. town documents say $664,000 of the project will be paid for by state bridge aid available in 2025.most read storiesunlimited digital access. $1 for 4 weeks.___information from: concord monitor, http://www.concordm






crews search for person who may have jumped from skyway bridge


emergency crews were searching for a person who apparently jumped into the calumet river from the skyway bridge around 98th street monday afternoon, officials said.witnesses told firefighters that the person plunged from the bridge around 3 p.m., possibly after being involved in an accident, according to chicago fire department spokesman larry langford."we're conducting a search," langford said. "we have people who say they saw the person going over the railing."the coast guard has been notified, he said.as of 3:40 p.m., there was no sign of the person. "it could take a while," langford said.the inbound lanes of the skyway have been shut down between 97th and 98th streets.






brookhaven cleans up 200 tons of illegally dumped debris


advertisement | advertise on newsdaypiles of a debris -- including blue golf balls -- were found on the south service road of sunrise highway in moriches, just west of moriches-middle island road. on march 10, 2017, town crews removed more than 200 tons of debris. according to brookhaven town councilman dan panico, anyone found guilty of the illegal dumping will face stiff penalties.  brookhaven crews friday removed more than 200 tons of concrete, asphalt and other debris that had been dumped on roads in manorville and moriches as town officials sought to determine where the material came from.officials said the debris was dumped illegally and is the latest such incident on long island in recent years.town crews removed more than 150 tons of material from a sunrise...






mndot now estimates stillwater lift bridge to be repaired by 8 p.m.


the stillwater lift bridge got stuck tuesday in the up position, forcing motorists to find another way across the river and keeping a paddlewheel river boat from passing under.an electrical malfunction occurred about noon, stopping the bridge when it was three-quarters of the way up and about 30 feet above the water, according to minnesota department of transportation officials. crews hoped to have the malfunction repaired by 8 p.m. tuesday, mndot saidthe bridge was stuck in the up position last week but only briefly, said kevin gutknecht, a mndot spokesman."the bridge is 80 years old," gutknecht said. "it's been refurbished many times but it's still an old piece of equipment. something that's that big using electrical motors to lift that much weight, faces challenges," he said.as crews co






after one too many hits, i-35w bridge in bloomington coming down


after one too many trucks have hit the 86th street bridge over interstate 35w in bloomington, a stretch of the interstate will close this weekend and the battered bridge will come down.road crews will shut down parts of the interstate and reduce the number of lanes on other parts as they begin replacing the structure. crews also will begin repairs on the 82nd street bridge and make road improvements along the 8-mile stretch of interstate between burnsville and bloomington.northbound i-35w will be closed from interstate 494 in bloomington to interstate 35e in burnsville from 10 p.m. friday to 5 a.m. monday. the southbound lanes also will be closed from 90th street to i-494 and reduced to a single lane from 90th street to i-35e during that time. crews will close the interstate ramps that lea






atlanta traffic horror: crews razing fallen highway overpass


atlanta (ap) — as crews rushed to clear debris from a major atlanta interstate span that collapsed in a raging fire, commuters in the southeast’s largest city braced for the first full workweek without the key link to some of the city’s biggest suburbs.officials pledged after thursday’s collapse of a 350-foot section of interstate 85 that a replace bridge would be built as soon as possible. but crews were working around the clock again sunday to finish removing scorched debris from the collapsed northbound span and removing the southbound span weakened by the blaze.after that, a replacement bridge could take months to build.the fire was started by a man smoking crack under the bridge in an area north of downtown atlanta where the state of georgia stores noncombustible, construction materia






atlanta traffic horror: crews razing fallen highway overpass


atlanta — as crews rushed to clear debris from a major atlanta interstate span that collapsed in a raging fire, commuters in the southeast's largest city braced for the first full workweek without the key link to some of the city's biggest suburbs.officials pledged after thursday's collapse of a 350-foot section of interstate 85 that a replace bridge would be built as soon as possible. but crews were working around the clock again sunday to finish removing scorched debris from the collapsed northbound span and removing the southbound span weakened by the blaze.after that, a replacement bridge could take months to build.the fire was started by a man smoking crack under the bridge in an area north of downtown atlanta where the state of georgia stores noncombustible, construction materials, a






101 freeway, overwhelmed by montecito mudslide, to remain closed indefinitely


as authorities continue to search for those missing in the deadly montecito mudslide disaster, officials announced that u.s. 101 would remain closed indefinitely.the 101, a major north-south artery that carries 100,000 vehicles through the central coast each day, was expected to open monday, but officials said cleaning up an approximately two-mile stretch of the freeway was proving more difficult than imagined.“it’s really an overwhelming situation and we don’t want to give an estimate that isn’t accurate,” caltrans spokesman colin jones said.caltrans crews, aided by private contractors and the army corps of engineers, have been working around the clock on the approximately two-mile stretch of the freeway near montecito. crews have removed most of the vehicles abandoned in the storm, inclu






at least 4 dead after new fiu pedestrian bridge collapses


just five days after it was installed, a 950-ton pedestrian bridge at florida international university in miami-dade county collapsed across eight lanes of traffic thursday afternoon, killing at least four people, fire officials said.eight vehicles were trapped beneath the fallen concrete and nine victims were pulled from the debris, fire officials said. the victims’ conditions were not released by authorities.firefighters got the call for help at 1:30 p.m. search and rescue crews worked into the night to try to find survivors.the $14.2 million, 174-foot-long bridge, which fiu said swung into place on saturday, spanning eight lanes of southwest eighth street near southwest 109th avenue. it had not yet opened to the public.witness susie bermudez told wtvj-ch. 6 she was driving toward the br






at least 4 dead after fiu pedestrian bridge collapses


just five days after it was installed, a 950-ton pedestrian bridge at florida international university in miami-dade county collapsed across eight lanes of traffic thursday afternoon, killing at least four people, fire officials said.eight vehicles were trapped beneath the fallen concrete and nine injured people were pulled from the debris, fire officials said. the injured victims’ conditions were not released by authorities.firefighters got the call for help at 1:30 p.m. search and rescue crews worked into the night to try to find survivors.the $14.2 million, 174-foot-long bridge, which fiu said swung into place on saturday, spanned eight lanes of tamiami trail near southwest 109th avenue. it had not yet opened to the public.witness susie bermudez told wtvj-ch. 6 she was driving toward th






pennsylvania-nj bridge closed 7 weeks reopening after repair


bristol, pa. — a major pennsylvania-new jersey bridge closed since jan. 20 for repairs to a fractured beam is reopening.the reopening of the 1.3-mile-long interstate 276 bridge linking the pennsylvania and new jersey turnpikes is taking place thursday night, ahead of schedule.highway officials say two improperly drilled inch-wide holes later filled with weld material were identified as the main cause of the fracture in one of the bridge's trusses. they say other factors certainly had an impact but have been difficult to pinpoint.no other such weld-filled holes were found on the bridge.the bridge typically carries about 42,000 vehicles a day. it opened in 1956.






temporary repairs made to stillwater lift bridge


stillwater, minn. — temporary repairs have been made to a historic lift bridge connecting minnesota and wisconsin.the minnesota department of transportation says the stillwater lift bridge is open to commuters wednesday morning. the bridge over the st. croix river had been stuck in the up position after an electrical meter socket that monitors power usage failed tuesday.crews worked overnight to make repairs.the bridge will close again at 10 p.m. wednesday to allow crews to make permanent repairs. it will remain closed until 6 a.m. thursday. in case of inclement weather, the permanent repairs will be postponed until thursday night.






101 freeway, overwhelmed by montecito mudslide, to remain closed indefinitely –


as authorities continue to search for those missing in the deadly montecito mudslide disaster, officials announced that u.s. 101 would remain closed indefinitely.the 101, a major north-south artery that carries 100,000 vehicles through the central coast each day, was expected to open monday, but officials said cleaning up an approximately two-mile stretch of the freeway was proving more difficult than imagined.advertisement"it's really an overwhelming situation and we don't want to give an estimate that isn't accurate," caltrans spokesman colin jones said.caltrans crews, aided by private contractors and the army corps of engineers, have been working around the clock on the approximately two-mile stretch of the freeway near montecito. crews have removed most of the vehicles abandoned in the






north shore highway reopens after crash led to 27-mile detour


on one of the busiest travel weekends of the year, north shore travelers headed north thursday and friday morning for the labor day weekend faced a major slowdown and 27-mile detour on popular hwy. 61 after a truck hit an inactive railroad bridge thursday.but crews quickly demolished the heavily damaged bridge near taconite harbor, which is 90 minutes north of duluth and south of lutsen, and hwy. 61 reopened to traffic at noon on friday — just in time before the peak holiday weekend traffic rush.officials at the state department of transportation said the old railroad bridge, once used for taconite rail shipments, has been hit before by trucks and the latest crash made it unsafe to drive beneath the bridge.no one was injured in the crash and construction crews mobilized quickly to demolish






with repairs complete, stillwater lift bridge reopens


it was another all-nighter for minnesota department of transportation crews but they finished repairs on the stillwater lift bridge and it to traffic early thursday morning.mndot shut down the bridge around 10 p.m. last night to install a new power cable on the 80-year-old bridge connecting stillwater and western wisconsin. the cable replaced one that burned out tuesday and left the bridge unoperable.mndot made a temporary fix overnight tuesday to wednesday and made the permanent fix wednesday night, said spokesman kent barnard.on tuesday, a malfunction in an electrical meter socket that monitors power usage on the bridge failed at 12:05 p.m. that left the bridge stuck abut 30 feet above the st. croix river.crews thought the problem was fixed around 8:30 p.m. tuesday, but during testing, t






brookhaven cleans up 200 tons of illegally dumped debris


brookhaven crews friday removed more than 200 tons of concrete, asphalt and other debris that had been dumped on roads in manorville and moriches as town officials sought to determine where the material came from.officials said the debris was dumped illegally and is the latest such incident on long island in recent years.most populartown crews removed more than 150 tons of material from a sunrise highway service road near moriches-middle island road in moriches, brookhaven waste management commissioner matt miner said. an additional 76 tons of debris were removed from north street in manorville.the material was enough to fill eight or nine tractor-trailers, miner said. he said no arrests have been made.photographs released by town councilman dan panico showed mounds in moriches containing






creating a bridge out of military vehicles in just a few hours


a century ago, a river would stop an army in its tracks for days. now, within a few hours, military vehicles can create a bridge for tanks to roll over.full story at youtube.more great military. posted by josh urich






body found in chicago river near downtown; crews responding


a body in the chicago river just south of the chicago avenue bridge drew a large police and fire response about 9 a.m. thursday.a marine unit arrived on the scene after a witness saw the dead man about 9:20 a.m. in the 700 block of west chicago avenue, officials said. about 10 a.m., his body had not yet been recovered and a death investigation was pending.the body could be seen floating facedown and drifting south, while bystanders and passers-by watched as police and fire officials arrived on the scene. at one point, a large chicago fire department boat came to the scene. some officers could be seen wearing and carrying rescue gear.police and fire vehicles caused traffic delays on chicago avenue at the bridge.more to [email protected]@chicagotribune.comtwitter @john






bridge demolitions on midtown greenway to cause rerouting on portland, cedar ave


hennepin county will shut down sections of portland and cedar avenues on monday to demolish the century-old bridges on those streets that cross the midtown greenway, bridges that county officials say are beyond repair.in their places, new bridges resembling the neoclassical revival design of the originals will be built this summer.the county also will widen the sidewalk on the bridge decks, change traffic lanes and add a buffer to the portland avenue bike lane as part of the reconstruction.it will cost about $4 million to rebuild each bridge, about the same amount as rehabbing each of them. the new bridges are expected to last 75 to 100 years.both portland and cedar avenues will be closed to traffic between 28th and lake streets through december, when they are scheduled to reopen with the






bonner bridge replacement requires 3-month channel closure


raleigh, n.c. (ap) — north carolina transportation officials say construction on the replacement for the bonner bridge will require closing the navigation channel in oregon inlet.the n.c. department of transportation says the channel will be closed between february and may so the new bridge can be built safely. the department said closures would be posted at least 48 hours in advance.also, the u.s. coast guard is establishing a temporary safety zone in the navigable waters of the inlet to protect mariners, vessels, and construction crews from hazards associated with installing the bridge. entry of vessels and people is prohibited.






crews remove truck that caused minneapolis airport jam


minneapolis — traffic is moving normally again out of minneapolis-st. paul international airport after crews removed a truck that rolled over.airport spokeswoman melissa scovronski says crews removed the truck around 12:45 p.m. wednesday, about four hours after it rolled over and caused a traffic tie-up. the construction truck had a boom that had not been lowered when it rolled over on the outbound roadway wednesday morning.scovronski says crews had to drain the hydraulic liquid that was keeping the boom in place and then bring in a tow truck to lift up the truck, which was stuck on a concrete barrier.she says the truck driver was alert and talking as he was taken to the hospital, but his injuries and condition are unknown.






trump’s immigration order faces mounting legal questions – the denver post


by sadie gurman and eric tuckerwashington (ap) — the legal fight over president donald trump’s ban on refugees is likely to turn on questions of a president’s authority to control america’s borders and on whether the new immigration policy unconstitutionally discriminates against muslims.civil liberties advocates have challenged the order, which temporarily suspends immigration from seven countries and the united states’ broader refugee program. it has drawn nationwide protests since the order was issued on friday.federal judges in new york and several other states issued orders that temporarily block the government from deporting people with valid visas who arrived after trump’s travel ban took effect. acting attorney general sally yates, a democratic appointee, said monday she has direct