Minneapolis Collapse Prompts Questions over Ohio Bridge Safety

CINCINNATI (AP) - The Minneapolis bridge catastrophe raises questions about the safety of bridges used by Ohioans.

In Columbus, Franklin County Engineer Dean Ringle says Ohio bridges are inspected each year, and every few years the major ones are checked out underwater. He tells WBNS-TV Ohio authorities will watch the investigation in Minneapolis to determine whether bridge inspections can be improved.

There have been concerns about the busy Brent Spence Bridge that takes Interstates 71 and 75 over the Ohio River between downtown Cincinnati and northern Kentucky.

It's 44 years old and carries double the number of vehicles it was built for. Highway engineers say while the bridge is functionally obsolete, its structure is sound.