Florida International University began Monday construction to remove the remnants from the bridge that was destroyed in the collapse. Six people were killed and many more were injured.
The bridge connecting Southwest 8th Street with Southwest 109th Avenue collapsed on March 15, 2018.
“I was scared because I was going to freshman year. So I was pretty scared. Kelley Aviles, student, stated that she felt like “things are falling.”
According to the Florida Department of Transportation press release, removing the debris will allow for survey of the area so that a new bridge can built.
FDOT states that during construction on FIU campus’s FIU campus side one eastbound lane was created on SW 8th Street, near 109th Avenue will be closed Monday throughFriday from 9 AM to 3:00 PM.
Students who’ve been walking across The busy 8thStreet believes the new bridge will make it safer and easier to get to classes.
“I think it’ll be very helpful because even crossing the street takes a lot of time, and cars sometimes don’t even care. Shayanne Boulet stated that cars still come even when I cross the street.
“Traffic is really bad, and sometimes we have 20 seconds to cross, you have to run to class, you’ll miss it, and then you have to wait 20 minutes [for the next light]Aviles stated, “Yes.”
FDOT, FIU and Sweetwater are working together to design the bridge. Construction will begin in 2023.
Melissa Marrero, WSFL, first reported the story.