Science, Health and Technology
3:21 pm
Mon June 3, 2013

Missouri S&T wants to use drones to inspect bridges

Chris Seto controls the multicopter while Dr. Zhaozheng Yin (far left) and Yunxiang Mao observe.
Credit Missouri S&T

As avid explorers of drone technology ourselves, we were excited to hear about Missouri S&T's experiments using drones to aid in bridge inspection. Full Disclosure: I run the Missouri Drone Journalism Program, which is no stranger to controversy.

Read more
CoMo Explained
9:00 am
Wed May 29, 2013

What's wrong with bridges in Missouri?

This bridge in southeast Missouri collapsed when a derailed train knocked out its supports
Credit bodkin / Flickr

The collapse of a county highway bridge in southeast Missouri on Saturday was almost certainly not due to structural defects. And the fact that this collapse came on the heels of a similar disaster in Washington state is unfortunate but not necessarily related. Yet it's just a plain fact that bridges in Missouri are aging rapidly and are in serious need of repair.

Read more
Bridge Collapse
7:31 pm
Sat May 25, 2013

Collapsed bridge was not structurally deficient

A Union Pacific train
Credit ianmunroe / flickr

The bridge that collapsed in Scott County, Missouri was not structurally deficient, said district engineer Mark Shelton in an interview on Saturday.

"The bridge was in good condition," said Shelton. "It was certainly not in danger of any kind of failure."

Read more
3:44 pm
Sat May 25, 2013

Freight train collision in SE Missouri, bridge collapsed

Courtesy of Cape Girardeau Fire Department

Originally published on Wed May 29, 2013 11:34 am

Updated with updated details

The National Transportation Safety Board has opened an investigation into what caused two freight trains to collided at approximately 2:30 Saturday morning near Chaffee, Mo., severely damaging a bridge on Highway M.

The bridge collapsed after a Union Pacific train hit the side of a Burlington Northern Santa Fe train at a rail intersection. Derailed rail cars then hit columns supporting the Highway M overpass, causing it to buckle and partially collapse.

Read more
Bridge Collapse
10:04 am
Sat May 25, 2013

Missouri train collision injures 7, collapses overpass

Two freight trains collided in Scott County, Mo., early Saturday morning, leaving seven injured and collapsing an overpass.

KMOV-TV reports:

"Scott County Sheriff Rick Walter says a Union Pacific train t-boned a Burlington Northern train that had just made it through an intersection.

"The collision caused one of the trains to derail and hit a pillar under the overpass causing it to collapse. At least a dozen train cars derailed.

Read more
2:17 pm
Fri May 24, 2013

Missouri bridges 7th worst in the country

This bridge in Boonville is in good repair. But overall, Missouri bridges are among the worst in the country

  A transportation advocacy site called Transportation For America has released an interactive map that shows where the structurally deficient bridges in your community are. 

Read more