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Washington / Bridge Collapse / Obsolete Bridges / Flynn Interview #1044649

CNN Evening News for Friday, May 24, 2013
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(Studio: Wolf Blitzer) The failure of a 1950s-era bridge in Washington state reported; scenes shown. [Survivor Bryce KENNING†- comments.]

(Studio: Wolf Blitzer; Mt. Vernon, Washington: Dan Simon) The start of the cleanup operation on the collapsed bridge after a truck hit it and the issue of the nation's infrastructure discussed; scenes shown of the wreckage of the "obsolete" bridge.

(Mt. Vernon, Washington: Dan Simon) An updated 2007 CNN report on problems with the nation's deficient bridges presented. [University of Arizona professor Mo EHSANI†- says the bridges need to be replaced: they are not safe; notes deicing chemicals hurt the bridges.] ["The Edge of Disaster" author Stephen FLYNN†- says bridges need to be safe and maintained because when they fail they really fail.] Map shown of states with deficient bridges.

(Studio: Wolf Blitzer) Live discussion held with Northeastern University professor Stephen Flynn about bridges. [FLYNN - explains the terms about obsolete/deficient bridges: they are worn out; notes we take older bridges for granted.]

Blitzer, Wolf;
Simon, Dan

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