How to avoid bridge construction related injuries
Workers from the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) Aviation Safety Investigations Division (ASID) are examining the bridge construction and maintenance project at the Newport Coast Airport, a joint venture between the Federal Railroad Administration and the state of Oregon.
The work is being overseen by ASID’s Aviation Safety Division, which has been focused on aviation safety for years.
The ASID investigation will look at the bridge’s design and construction.
According to the FAA, ASID conducted a study that concluded the bridge should be constructed and maintained at a safe, low-impact level, and ASID will begin a review of the bridge today.
The study was completed in August 2017 and the results are expected to be presented to the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) by the end of the month, according to the ASID website.
The FAA is the only agency authorized to conduct the study, which it says is part of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA).
The agency is tasked with regulating aviation and safety on federal and state levels.
“This is a very high-risk area, because this is a new bridge, it’s a new project, and the project has not been fully designed,” said ASID Deputy Director Bill Meehan.
“The bridge is going to have to be built at an angle, a very steep angle.
If it’s done properly, this bridge will be a great asset to the community.”
A spokesman for FMCSA, which oversees bridges across the nation, declined to comment.
Construction of the Newport Bridge was completed over two years ago.
The project was originally designed to support about 4,200 passengers and 7,200 workers.
The bridge has a maximum speed of 110 mph (220 km/h), and is expected to carry 1,000 passengers per hour.
“Our initial safety assessment is that the bridge will meet the requirements of the federal bridge code,” said Meeham.
“We’ve got a good track record in the past with that type of bridge, and we’re confident that it will meet all of our requirements.”
The bridge was built over two miles (3.4 kilometers) of track that runs under the coast from the airport to the ocean.
The federal government is currently building a new $2.6 billion bridge across the Mississippi River in South Carolina, about a half-mile (1.7 kilometers) away.
The construction of the new bridge is part-funded by the Federal Transit Administration, which also funded the Newport bridge.