It has been widely reported that Figg Bridge Engineers is rebuilding Cline Avenue but few know that Figg & Muller worked on the original Cline Avenue which collapsed during construction, killing 14 and wounding 16.
March 18, 2018-Figg Bridge Engineers is under nationwide scrutiny after a pedestrian bridge they were building in Florida collapsed earlier this week. Immediately, many seized on the story that Figg Bridge Engineers is the same company that was hired to rebuild Cline Avenue. The public-private partnership (P3) between the State of Indiana and Figg Bridge Engineers of Tallahassee, Florida calls for the company to rebuild a section of Cline Avenue in East Chicago and operate it as a toll road.
Region residents will recall that the Cline Avenue extension suffered a catastrophic failure in 1982 as it was being built. 12 workers were killed isntantly and 2 more died later in the hospital. At least 16 others were injured in the horrific accident. You can see full coverage of that tragedy on the State of Indiana website via the Wayback Machine.
Among the companies involved in that construction project, according to published reports at the time, was Figg & Muller Engineering, Inc. As you can see from the records obtained by the Indiana Secretary of State, above, Figg & Muller Engineers Inc. was a Florida company located at 424 S Calhoun Street, Tallahassee, Florida. Florida Secretary of State records list the current President of Figg & Muller Engineering, Inc as Linda Figg. Similarly, Figg Bridge Builders, Inc. and Figg Bridge Builders, LLC list the address of 424 Calhoun Street and Linda Figg as the chief officer.
When the Florida Bridge tragedy occurred, Figg Bridge Builders, Inc. issued the following statement:
“We are stunned by the tragic collapse of a pedestrian bridge that was under construction over Southwest Eighth Street in Miami. Our deepest sympathies are with all those affected by this accident. We will fully cooperate with every appropriate authority in reviewing what happened and why.
In our 40-year history, nothing like this has ever happened before.
Our entire team mourns the loss of life and injuries associated with this devastating tragedy, and our prayers go out to all involved.”
While the statement is technically true, readers can decide for themselves whether or not the actions of related entities may be relevant to the story. In addition to the lives lost in the pedestrian project in Florida, a Figg Bridge Engineers was involved with a bridge collapse in Virginia in 2012. (See Company behind Florida bridge that collapsed also was fined by Virginia after 2012 mishap in Hampton Roads, Richmond Times-Dispatch March 15, 2018 ).
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