But public records show state highway inspectors gave the bridge a 50% grade in 2005. A rating of 50% or below means the bridge may need replacing.
Lawmakers claim they never got the reports nor any requests for money to repair or replace the bridge. (Pioneer Press)
Security-cam video of the collapse from CNN:
Federal Help Coming Fast
President Bush has promised a $5 million grant to help with rerouting traffic around the area.
Not wanting the embarassment of another botched disaster response ala Katrina -- the White House reacted quickly to the bridge collapse -- mobilizing the Coast Guard, Transportation Department, NTSB, FEMA, FBI, EPA, and Army Corps of Engineers and getting representatives from each agency on the ground immediately.