Joe Biden tours Pittsburgh bridge collapse, vows to ‘fix them all’

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Joe Biden tours Pittsburgh bridge collapse, vows to 'fix them all'

President Biden visited the site of a Pittsburgh bridge that collapsed hours before his arrival in the Steel City Friday and vowed to kick-start a national effort to repair faulty infrastructure.

Biden’s motorcade reached the remains of the Fern Hollow Bridge just after 1 p.m. The span had given way about six hours earlier, injuring 10 people — three of whom had to be hospitalized. No fatalities were reported.

“It’s incredible,” Biden said as he surveyed the wreckage before praising the efforts of emergency personnel.

“It’s probably too early for joggers to be down here,” Biden was heard telling a first responder.

“There was a few joggers, actually,” a worker answered. “There was a few. One of them actually helped us get some people out of the cars.”

“It’s a miracle, Mr. President,” another man said.

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President Biden speaks to reporters, saying: “we’re going to see the bridge,” which collapsed earlier in the day in Pittsburgh on Jan. 28, 2022.
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A Port Authority bus that was on a bridge when it collapsed Friday Jan. 28, 2022, is visible in Pittsburgh's East End.
A Port Authority bus was on a bridge when it collapsed on Jan. 28, 2022, in Pittsburgh’s East End.
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US President Joe Biden and the Mayor of Pittsburgh Ed Gainey visit the scene of the Forbes Avenue Bridge collapse over Fern Hollow Creek in Frick Park in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, January 28, 2022.
President Biden and Pittsburgh Mayor Ed Gainey visit the scene of the Forbes Avenue Bridge collapse on Jan. 28, 2022.
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Aerial photo shows a Port Authority bus that was on a bridge when it collapsed Friday Jan. 28, 2022, is visible through trees in Pittsburgh's East End. When the bridge collapsed, rescuers rappeled nearly 150 feet while others formed a human chain to help rescue multiple people from the dangling bus.
When the bridge collapsed, rescuers rappeled nearly 150 feet while others formed a human chain to help rescue multiple people from the dangling bus.
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President Joe Biden visits the site where the Fern Hollow Bridge bridge collapsed Friday, Jan. 28, 2022, in Pittsburgh's East End.
President Biden visits the site where the Fern Hollow Bridge bridge collapsed on Jan. 28, 2022, in Pittsburgh.
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Vehicles that were on a bridge when it collapsed are visible, Friday Jan. 28, 2022, in Pittsburgh's East End.
President Biden pledged to fix every bridge in Pittsburgh as he surveyed the damage on Jan. 28, 2022.
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President Joe Biden, third from left, stands with a group of officials and first responders behind a barrier to view the damage of a bridge that collapsed, Friday Jan. 28, 2002, in Pittsburgh's East End.
President Biden stands with a group of officials and first responders behind a barrier to view the damage of a bridge that collapsed in Pittsburgh on Jan. 28, 2022.
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“It really is. It really is,” Biden agreed.

“I didn’t realize there are literally more bridges in Pittsburgh than any other city in the world,” the president added. “We’re going to fix them all. Not a joke.”

Biden’s trip to Pittsburgh had been scheduled in advance to promote his $1.2 trillion bipartisan infrastructure bill, signed in November, which puts $110 billion toward roads and bridges.

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