Miami-Dade County

Southwest Eighth Street reopens after FIU pedestrian bridge collapse

Florida Highway Patrol reopened Southwest Eighth Street from 107th to 117th avenues for eastbound and westbound traffic on Saturday, March 24, 2018. On March 15, Florida International University’s pedestrian bridge collapsed onto the road, killing six people. Construction workers, shown, participated in a prayer service held at Sweetwater Tower at 1:47 p.m. Thursday, March 22, 2018, to honor the victims.
Florida Highway Patrol reopened Southwest Eighth Street from 107th to 117th avenues for eastbound and westbound traffic on Saturday, March 24, 2018. On March 15, Florida International University’s pedestrian bridge collapsed onto the road, killing six people. Construction workers, shown, participated in a prayer service held at Sweetwater Tower at 1:47 p.m. Thursday, March 22, 2018, to honor the victims. rkoltun@miamiherald.com

After more than a week of being off limits, Southwest Eighth Street near the site of the FIU bridge collapse quietly reopened early Saturday morning.

The heavily used thoroughfare between 107th and 117th avenues is now open to eastbound and westbound traffic. In addition, the Southwest Eighth Street exit ramps coming off the Florida Turnpike are no longer blocked off.

Ten blocks of Southwest Eighth Street were shut down March 15 after a 950-ton pedestrian bridge linking Florida International University to the Sweetwater neighborhood collapsed and killed six people and injured others.

The Florida Highway Patrol opened the road slightly ahead of schedule. On Thursday, officials had announced its imminent reopening and had suggested this could happen either Saturday night or Sunday morning.

In a release, FHP Trooper Joe Sanchez said, “The Florida Highway Patrol will continue to monitor the traffic flow in the area for the next couple of days. We continue to emphasize the importance of using caution when driving in the area.”

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