Engineer Details His Warning About Delaware Bridge - NBC 10 Philadelphia

Engineer Details His Warning About Delaware Bridge



    Insight into I-495 Closing

    NBC10's Tim Furlong is in Wilmington, Delaware, learning more about the closing of the I-495 bridge from the state's mayor. (Published Thursday, June 5, 2014)

    The account of an engineer who first noticed a problem with an interstate bridge is raising questions about the urgency with which officials responded.

    Dave Charles tells The Associated Press on Thursday he was working near the bridge last week and noticed it appeared to be tilting. He said he sent emails with photos to an employee of the transportation department's bridge unit at about 6 p.m. May 29. Charles says the official verified he'd received them.

    The state transportation department has said it didn't learn of the bridge trouble until Friday, May 30. An examination was done Monday and the bridge was closed.
    When asked about the discrepancy, Transportation Secretary Shailen Bhatt told AP a low-level contact was made May 29 and relayed to senior management the next day.