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Safety Recommendation H-84-037
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Synopsis: ON JUNE 28, 1983, A 100-FOOT-LONG SUSPENDED SPAN BETWEEN PIERS 20 AND 21 OF THE EASTBOUND TRAFFIC LANES OF THE INTERSTATE ROUTE 95 HIGHWAY BRIDGE OVER THE MIANUS RIVER IN GREENWICH, CONNECTICUT, COLLAPSED AND FELL 70 FEET INTO THE RIVER BELOW. TWO TRACTOR-SEMITRAILERS AND TWO AUTOMOBILES PLUNGED INTO THE VOID IN THE BRIDGE AND WERE DESTROYED BY IMPACT FROM THE FALL. THREE VEHICLE OCCUPANTS DIED, AND THE OTHER THREE RECEIVED SERIOUS INJURIES. THE NATIONAL TRANSPORTATION SAFETY BOARD DETERMINED THAT THE PROBABLE CAUSE OF THE COLLAPSE OF THE MIANUS RIVER BRIDGE SPAN WAS THE UNDETECTED LATERAL DISPLACEMENT OF THE HANGERS OF THE PIN AND HANGER SUSPENSION ASSEMBLY IN THE SOUTHEAST CORNER OF THE SPAN BY CORROSION-INDUCED FORCES DUE TO DEFICIENCIES IN THE STATE OF CONNECTICUT'S BRIDGE SAFETY INSPECTION AND BRIDGE MAINTENANCE PROGRAM.
Recommendation: THE NTSB RECOMMENDS THAT THE CONNECTICUT DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION: AFTER CONSULTATION WITH THE BRIDGE SAFETY AND INSPECTION SECTION, INSTALL AS NECESSARY, HANDHOLDS, SAFETY BELT CONNECTIONS, HANDRAILS, CATWALKS, AND SAFETY WIRES ON EXISTING BRIDGES TO ASSIST INSPECTORS IN SAFELY MOVING THROUGH THE SUPERSTRUCTURES AND GAINING ACCESS TO CRITICAL ELEMENTS OF THE BRIDGE.
Original recommendation transmittal letter: PDF
Overall Status: Closed - Acceptable Action
Mode: Highway
Location: Mianus River, Greenwich, CT, United States
Is Reiterated: No
Is Hazmat: No
Is NPRM: No
Accident #: DCA83AH003
Accident Reports: Collapse of a Suspended Span of Inter- state Route 95 Highway Bridge over the Mianus River
Report #: HAR-84-03
Accident Date: 6/28/1983
Issue Date: 7/19/1984
Date Closed: 10/26/1987
Addressee(s) and Addressee Status: State of Connecticut (Closed - Acceptable Action)
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Safety Recommendation History
From: NTSB
To: State of Connecticut
Date: 10/26/1987
Response: The Safety Board notes that all new bridge designs and major bridge rehabilitation projects are reviewed by the Bridge Safety Division for effective and safe inspectability. Before acceptance of the design, the plans are reviewed for maintainability. Safety Recommendations H-84-37 and -39 have been classified as "Closed--Acceptable Action."

From: State of Connecticut
To: NTSB
Date: 8/6/1987
Response: ALL NEW BRIDGE DESIGNS AND MAJOR BRIDGE REHABILITATION PROJECTS ARE NOW REVIEWED FOR EFFECTIVE AND SAFE INSPECTABILITY BY THE BRIDGE SAFETY DIVISION AND NECESSARY INSPECTION AIDS ARE INCORPORATED INTO THE PLANS. ADDITIONAL SNOOPER UNITS WITH LONGER UNDERBRIDGE REACHES ARE BEING STUDIED FOR PURCHASE.

From: NTSB
To: State of Connecticut
Date: 5/15/1987
Response: