As divers continue their search for bodies in the Mississippi River after Wednesday’s bridge collapse in Minneapolis, federal transportation officials are calling for a review of some 700 similar structures.
Democrat Senator Harry Reid said the tragedy should be treated as a “wake-up call”.
“We have all over the country a crumbling infrastructure - highways, bridges and dams. We really need to take a hard look at this,” he said.
White House press secretary Tony Snow said it was the state’s responsibility to correct the problems if a bridge was reported to have deficiencies.