New ship channel bridge setback


>>To return to local
programming for now, I’m Lester programming for now, I’m Lester
Holt NBC News New York. Holt NBC News New York.
>>And of>>And of
course we’ll have much more on course we’ll have much more on
all these developments on our all these developments on our
newscast tonight at 10 o’clock newscast tonight at 10 o’clock
but for now continuing with but for now continuing with
Channel 2 news at 6. It’s Channel 2 news at 6. It’s
something that Houston something that Houston
commuters do not need another commuters do not need another
setback in our transportation setback in our transportation
future her work on a major future her work on a major
bridge project has hit a snag bridge project has hit a snag
big one and now a vital portion big one and now a vital portion
of the work is at a standstill of the work is at a standstill
that halted the project because that halted the project because
of a possible of a possible
design flaw. design flaw.
>>The project has been under>>The project has been under
scrutiny after a deadly bridge scrutiny after a deadly bridge
collapse in Miami. The same collapse in Miami. The same
design firm working on the ship channel bridge was also behind channel bridge was also behind
the one in Florida Channel 2 the one in Florida Channel 2
Sally mamdooh live with how the Sally mamdooh live with how the
potential flaw was discovered potential flaw was discovered
and what happens next Sally. and what happens next Sally.
>>So many we’ve been out here>>So many we’ve been out here
all day we actually saw all day we actually saw
construction crews working on construction crews working on
the bridge. That’s because the the bridge. That’s because the
construction of the bridge is construction of the bridge is
still underway. However, the still underway. However, the
county decided to stop a county decided to stop a
portion of the construction portion of the construction
that involves the pylons which that involves the pylons which
is vital to the structure of is vital to the structure of
the bridge until the problem is the bridge until the problem is
fixed. fixed.
>>Following 20 months of>>Following 20 months of
construction of the new ship construction of the new ship
channel bridge along Beltway, 8 channel bridge along Beltway, 8
the county has issued a pause I the county has issued a pause I
want to make want to make
sure that. sure that.
>>We are doing everything on>>We are doing everything on
behalf of public safety to behalf of public safety to
ensure that everything is well. ensure that everything is well.
>>Harris County commissioner, Adrian Garcia says the decision Adrian Garcia says the decision
was made following the was made following the
discovery of a design flaw what discovery of a design flaw what
part of the bridge. This was. part of the bridge. This was.
>>Obviously concerning>>Obviously concerning
alarming alarming
for me. for me.
>>John Tyler who is the deputy>>John Tyler who is the deputy
director of engineering with director of engineering with
the Harris County toll road the Harris County toll road
authority in charge of authority in charge of
the project. So the flaw was the project. So the flaw was
discovered in the pylons used discovered in the pylons used
to widen the port in the main to widen the port in the main
>>the wall thickness bullos>>the wall thickness bullos
live in lower diaphragm which live in lower diaphragm which
is is
below the the driving surface below the the driving surface
of the needed to be stiffened. of the needed to be stiffened.
>>The discovery of the flaw>>The discovery of the flaw
was made was made
by Cali, an independent by Cali, an independent
consulting firm hired by the consulting firm hired by the
county in county in
2019 to oversee the 2019 to oversee the
construction project following construction project following
the deadly collapse of a the deadly collapse of a
pedestrian bridge in 2018. pedestrian bridge in 2018.
Here’s why figg bridge Here’s why figg bridge
engineers who designed the engineers who designed the
bridge in Miami is the same bridge in Miami is the same
designer of the ship designer of the ship
channel bridge. The National channel bridge. The National
Transportation Safety Board Transportation Safety Board
ruled 6 design was chiefly ruled 6 design was chiefly
responsible for responsible for
the collapse, the findings the collapse, the findings
caused Tex dot to suspend a caused Tex dot to suspend a
bridge project designed by big bridge project designed by big
but Tyler says Hector picked but Tyler says Hector picked
think in 2013. Well before the think in 2013. Well before the
bridge collapse disaster in bridge collapse disaster in
Florida. Florida.
>>Big is done 7 of the 13>>Big is done 7 of the 13
bridges very similar to ours in bridges very similar to ours in
the the
United States came highly United States came highly
qualified. qualified.
>>We asked Tyler why doesn’t>>We asked Tyler why doesn’t
Hector just walk away Hector just walk away
from think. from think.
>>It’s a very complex project>>It’s a very complex project
and this is just one element and this is just one element
within a very complex project within a very complex project
and its and its
address them they were going to address them they were going to
address it and move forward was address it and move forward was
constructing a very safe and constructing a very safe and
sound pilot. sound pilot.
>>But Garcia fears the>>But Garcia fears the
discovery might be discovery might be
the beginning. the beginning.
>>Of more problems to come so>>Of more problems to come so
it’s it’s troublesome that were it’s it’s troublesome that were
already start to put band-aids already start to put band-aids
on this thing it’s not even on this thing it’s not even
open yet. open yet.
>>And it will spend the next>>And it will spend the next
3 weeks working on addressing 3 weeks working on addressing
that issue was that issue was that issue was that issue was
fixed now the resumed fixed now the resumed
construction

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