Jan 28, 2022 - Politics & Policy

In photos: Biden visits collapsed bridge in Pittsburgh

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 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. Photo: Saul Loeb/AFP via Getty Images

President Biden on Friday visited the site of the collapsed bridge in Pittsburgh.

Driving the news: "I’ve been coming to Pittsburgh a long time,” Biden said, adding that there are more bridges than any other city in the world. "And we’re going to fix them all," he said, per a White House pool reporter.

State of play: A snow-covered bridge in Pittsburgh collapsed on Friday morning, injuring 10, hours before Biden was set to travel to the city to discuss infrastructure. No fatalities were reported as of Friday morning.

  • Biden called Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf (D) and Pittsburgh Mayor Ed Gainey before departing for Pittsburgh, White House principal deputy press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre told reporters.

What he's saying: Biden said the collapsed bridge signals the need for infrastructure investments during a press conference on Friday.

  • "We don't need headlines saying that someone was killed when the next bridge collapses ... We saw today, when a bridge is in disrepair, it literally can threaten lives," Biden said.
In photos:
Photo of President Biden at the site of the collapsed bridge.
Andrew Harnik/AP
President Biden at the site of the collapsed bridge.
Andrew Harnik/AP
President Biden at the site of the collapsed bridge.
Andrew Harnik/AP
Aerial shot of the collapsed bridge.
Gene J. Puskar/AP

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Editor's note: This story has been updated with a statement from President Biden.

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