How was the Sunshine Bridge able to re-open so quickly?
Back in October a barge hit the Sunshine Bridge and caused significant damage. On Sunday, a ship hit the bridge again but the bridge was only closed for 2 hours. To explain why the bridge re-opened so quickly, Brian had Rodney Mallett from the Department of Transportation on the show to talk about the situation. Mallett says that in October, the barge hit the support structures of the bridge which made it potentially unsafe to use. On Sunday, a ship hit the fender system that protects the bridge so there was no significant damage. Mallett says that the structure was put through a safety inspection before the bridge was re-opened. Mallett then talks about the frequency in which the Sunshine Bridge is actually struck by different vessels but most of the time there is no structural damage.