Workers Injured in Idaho Bridge Collapse

Staff | September 28, 2010

Nampa, ID— Fourteen construction workers suffered minor injuries Oct. 27 when a bridge they were building on Interstate 84 in southwestern Idaho collapsed, and they fell about 30 feet.

The bridge, on the $8.5-million overpass project at Robinson and Black Cat roads in Nampa, gave out while workers were on top of the structure pouring concrete. None of the workers was seriously hurt, but at least five were treated at hospitals in Nampa, Meridian and Boise for broken bones and lacerations, according to the Idaho Transportation Department.

The state contracted with Spokane-based Graham Construction and Management to replace two bridges in southwestern Idaho as part of a larger widening project on I-84. Work on the bridges began in September on a construction site near the interstate in Nampa.

Construction on the bridge was suspended pending investigations by the ITD and the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration.