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Safety Recommendation Details

Safety Recommendation H-88-023
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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 AMERICAN ASSOCIATION OF STATE HIGHWAY AND TRANSPORTATION OFFICIALS, THE INTERNATIONAL BRIDGE, TUNNEL AND TURNPIKE ASSOCIATION, THE NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF COUNTIES, THE NATIONAL LEAGUE OF CITIES, AND THE NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF TOWNS AND TOWNSHIPS: INFORM YOUR MEMBERS OF THE CIRCUMSTANCES OF THE SCHOHARIE CREEK BRIDGE COLLAPSE ON APRIL 5, 1987, AND ALERT THEM TO THE IMPORTANCE OF THE INSPECTION AND MAINTENANCE OF RIPRAP AT BRIDGES FOUNDED ON SPREAD FOOTINGS THAT RELY UPON THE RIPRAP TO PROTECT THE SPREAD FOOTINGS FROM SCOUR.
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: 12/6/1990
Addressee(s) and Addressee Status: American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (Closed--No Longer Applicable)
International Bridge, Tunnel and Turnpike Association (Closed - Acceptable Action)
National Association of Counties (Closed - Acceptable Action)
National Association of Towns and Townships (Closed--No Longer Applicable)
National League of Cities (Closed--No Longer Applicable)
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Safety Recommendation History
From: NTSB
To: International Bridge, Tunnel and Turnpike Association
Date: 12/6/1990
Response:

From: International Bridge, Tunnel and Turnpike Association
To: NTSB
Date: 10/3/1990
Response: ON JULY 5, 1988, WE DISTRIBUTED THE RECOMMENDATION TO ALL TOLL AUTHORITY MEMBERS OF THE ASSOCIATION.

From: NTSB
To: International Bridge, Tunnel and Turnpike Association
Date: 9/24/1990
Response:

From: NTSB
To: National Association of Counties
Date: 9/13/1988
Response:

From: National Association of Counties
To: NTSB
Date: 7/22/1988
Response: PER THIS RECOMMENDATION, WE HAVE INFORMED OUR MEMBERS IN THE FOLLOWING WAYS OF THE CIRCUMSTANCES OF THE SCHOHARIE CREEK BRIDGE COLLAPSE AND THE IMPORTANCE OF INSPECTION AND MAINTENANCE OF RIPRAP: 1. PUBLISHED AN ARTICLE ON YOUR REPORT IN COUNTY NEWS. 2. INFORMED OUR AFFILIATE, THE NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF COUNTY ENGINEERS. 3. SENT A COPY OF H-88-23 TO ALL MEMBER OF NACO'S TRANSPORTATION STEERING COMMITTEE.

From: NTSB
To: American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials
Date: 9/26/1990
Response:

From: NTSB
To: National League of Cities
Date: 9/24/1990
Response:

From: NTSB
To: National Association of Towns and Townships
Date: 9/25/1990
Response: