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NOVA: Why Bridges Collapse

Airs Wednesday, Oct. 16, 2019 at 9 p.m. and Sunday, Oct. 20 at 2 p.m. on KPBS TV + Oct. 20 at 9 p.m. on KPBS 2

In 2018, Italy’s Morandi Bridge collapsed, tragically killing 43 people.

For 50 years, the iconic bridge had withstood the elements — and stress from ever-increasing traffic.

What went wrong that fateful day? And how can new engineering technology protect bridge infrastructure to prevent such tragic failures in the future?

NOVA investigates and explores other bridge collapses across the United States.

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In 2018, Italy’s Morandi Bridge collapsed, killing 43 people. NOVA investigates what went wrong and explores other bridge collapses across the United States. How can new engineering techniques make bridges safer and prevent such tragedies?

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