I haven't seen any threads on this, so forgive me if it's been covered already. I know this incident is almost a week old already, but this article got me thinking about other articles I've read even about U.S. bridges.
We take so many things for granted nowadays, and one of them is going over bridges. It's amazing that there haven't been more tragedies of this type, with the vast amount of bridges around the world. The articles I've seen talk at length about the poor state of many bridges in the U.S. Many of these bridges are many decades old, and you gotta wonder the maintenance or lack thereof they're receiving. The U.S. has had its share of bridge collapses, and it's gotta be a scary thought driving over a bridge and being involved in an incident like this. Routine inspections plus a host of available tests, coupled with a good maintenance program..... should be a top priority for all countries. Budgets will always be an issue, but they mustn't stand in the way of a good bridge maintenance program.
So sorry for all those victims from that latest collapse in Italy.