Company involved in deadly Miami bridge collapse helped design Natchez Trace Parkway

(National Park Service photo)

A company involved in the deadly Miami pedestrian bridge collapse helped design the Natchez Trace Parkway arches.

Three companies were behind the design of the bridge that collapsed Thursday at Florida International University, FIGG Bridge Group, Munilla Construction Management and BDI, according to FOX 17 News' sister station WPEC.

FIGG helped design the popular Natchez Trace Arches, according to its website. The double-arched bridge has become and iconic and high photographed part of the parkway.

According to the National Park Service that oversees Natchez Trace, the first-of-its-kind bridge was completed in 1993. The 1,572-foot–long bridge carries the parkway over Route 96 near Franklin, Tenn. FIGG's website said the bridge has won 16 awards, including the "1995 Presidential Design Award."

As of Friday afternoon, six deaths have been contributed to the bridge collapse in Miami.

Police said Friday the number of victims could climb as crews make their way through the unstable concrete and debris to search for victims. Miami-Dade Police say they expect to find more victims underneath the rubble.

The FBI and OSHA are also part of the probe, according to Miami-Dade Police.

FIGG released the following statement after the collapse:

“We are stunned by the tragic collapse of a pedestrian bridge that was under construction over Southwest Eighth Street in Miami. Our deepest sympathies are with all those affected by this accident. We will fully cooperate with every appropriate authority in reviewing what happened and why. In our 40-year history, nothing like this has ever happened before. Our entire team mourns the loss of life and injuries associated with this devastating tragedy, and our prayers go out to all involved.

The collapse of the pedestrian bridge in Miami is an unprecedented event that occurred during construction, and all completed bridges – including those designed by FIGG or any other firm – are inspected every two years by the individual state Departments of Transportation."

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