FIGG Bridge Engineering has strong Pennsylvania ties, with an office in Exton in Chester County and a track record of major projects across the state according to David Webber of Penn Live today.
The Florida-based company’s work includes the Pennsylvania Turnpike bridge spanning the Susquehanna River just south of Harrisburg. Another major project is the turnpike bridge spanning the Allegheny River near Pittsburgh.
Also, FIGG and two other companies carried out a 2014 SEPTA contract to replace the Crum Creek Viaduct on the Media-Elwyn Regional Rail Line near Philadelphia, according to CBS Philly.
The bridge that collapsed Thursday killing six and injuring ten more was a pedestrian bridge on the campus of Florida International University near Miami. It was assembled next to the road in a unique “accelerated bridge construction” method and hoisted into place on Saturday. The 174-foot span cost $14.2 million and crossed a seven-lane highway. It wasn’t scheduled to open to foot traffic until next year.
FIGG Bridge Engineering issued a statement following the collapse, saying, “In our 40-year history, nothing like this has ever happened before.”