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Safety Recommendation Details

Safety Recommendation H-88-021
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Synopsis: ON APRIL 5, 1987, TWO OF THE FIVE SPANS OF THE NEW YORK STATE THRUWAY (I-90) BRIDGE OVER THE SCHOHARIE CREEK FELL ABOUT 80 FEET INTO A RAIN-SWOLLEN CREEK AFTER PIER 3, WHICH PARTIALLY SUPPORTED THE TWO SPANS, COLLAPSED. NINETY MINUTES AFTER THE INITIAL COLLAPSE, PIER 2 AND A THIRD SPAN COLLAPSED. FOUR PASSENGER CARS AND ONE TRACTOR-SEMITRAILER PLUNGED INTO THE CREEK, AND 10 PERSONS WERE FATALLY INJURED.
Recommendation: THE NTSB RECOMMENDS THAT THE DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION: DIRECT THE DOT INSPECTOR GENERAL TO PERIODICALLY REVIEW THE FEDERAL HIGHWAY ADMINISTRATION'S BRIDGE INSPECTION AUDIT PROGRAM FOR ITS SUFFICIENCY IN ESTABLISHING STATE COMPLIANCE WITH THE NATIONAL BRIDGE INSPECTION STANDARDS.
Original recommendation transmittal letter: PDF
Overall Status: Closed - Acceptable Action
Mode: Highway
Location: Amsterdam, NY, United States
Is Reiterated: No
Is Hazmat: No
Is NPRM: No
Accident #: DCA87MH005
Accident Reports: Collapse of New York Thruway (I-90) Bridge over the Schoharie Creek
Report #: HAR-88-02
Accident Date: 4/5/1987
Issue Date: 6/8/1988
Date Closed: 12/20/1988
Addressee(s) and Addressee Status: DOT (Closed - Acceptable Action)
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Safety Recommendation History
From: NTSB
To: DOT
Date: 12/20/1988
Response:

From: DOT
To: NTSB
Date: 9/19/1988
Response: TO COMPLY WITH THE BOARD'S RECOMMENDATION, I HAVE DIRECTED THE INSPECTOR GENERALS ATTENTION TO YOUR RECOMMENDATION AND REQUESTED THAT HE SCHEDULE PERIODIC REVIEWS OF FHWA'S BRIDGE INSPECTION AUDIT PROGRAM. A COPY OF MY JULY 15 MEMO TO THE IG IS ENCLOSED.