Averting bridge disasters: New technology could save hundreds of lives

Averting bridge disasters: New technology could save hundreds of lives
Millions of US drivers cross faulty or obsolete bridges every day, highway statistics show, but it’s too costly to fix these spans or adequately monitor their safety, says a researcher who’s developed a new, affordable early warning system. This wireless technology could avert the kind of fatal disaster along Minneapolis’ I-35W on Aug. 1, 2007, he says — and do so at one-one-hundredth the cost of current wired systems.

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