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Continued: Possible flaw identified in I-35W bridge design

Kent Harries, an assistant professor of structural engineering and mechanics at the University of Pittsburgh, said from the pictures he has seen, it does not appear that there was an excessive amount of equipment on the bridge at the time of the collapse. He also noted that commuter traffic was down to two lanes in both directions, so the bridge was handling about half of its normal weight load.

Staff writer Rochelle Olson contributed to this report.

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