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FHWA Debars Florida Construction Company and Its Lead Engineer for 9 Years

On January 19, 2021, the Federal Highway Administration debarred FIGG Bridge Engineers, Inc., of Tallahassee, Florida, and FIGG lead engineer Denney Pate from participating in Federal contracting for 9 years. FIGG and Pate will receive credit for the suspension period preceding this decision as the debarments are retroactive to July 14, 2020. The debarments will end on July 14, 2029. FIGG was responsible for the design of the Florida International University Bridge, which collapsed on March 15, 2018, crushing 8 vehicles on the roadway below and resulting in 6 fatalities and 10 persons injured. DOT had awarded a total of $11,397,120 toward the project and had disbursed $8,108,538 at the time of the collapse. The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) determined the probable cause of the collapse was primarily due to errors in FIGG’s load and capacity calculations. FIGG had also observed structural cracking in the bridge prior to the collapse but failed to identify its significance.
DOT-OIG conducted this investigation in coordination with NTSB.
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