Among those listed in the suit are the design-bridge team FIGG Bridge Engineers and Munilla Construction Management; Bolton Perez & Associates, the consulting engineer; Louis Berger, which conducted an independent peer review of the work; and Network Engineering Services. Crews had been involved in "post-tensioning" to secure the bridge at the time of the collapse.
It's yet to be determined if the cracking was the cause of the collapse. In a statement, Scott said the money would be withheld until the NTSB completes its investigation.
The revelation of the meeting's topic was made by Miami's Florida International University (FIU) in the early hours of Saturday, 17 March.
During the meeting before the collapse, there were no concerns expressed about the safety of the bridge or whether the cracks would pose a problem. We have a sense of urgency about getting to the bottom of this accident, and we are cooperating and assisting with authorities.
Officials said 8th Street remains closed as an investigation into the collapse continues.
FIGG said in a statement: "We are aware that a lawsuit has been announced regarding the pedestrian bridge accident". Calling to, uh, share with you some information about the FIU pedestrian bridge and some cracking that's been observed on the north end of the span, the pylon end of that span we moved this weekend.
Brown had been employed at Structural Technologies VSL - a company that provides products to strengthen bridges, buildings and other structures - and was one of three employees injured in the collapse. Um, so, uh, we've taken a look at it and, uh, obviously some repairs or whatever will have to be done but from a safety perspective we don't see that there's any issue there so we're not concerned about it from that perspective although obviously the cracking is not good and something's going to have to be, ya know, done to fix that.
The warning was left in a voicemail that was only heard Friday because the recipient of the call had been out of the office on assignment, the Florida Department of Transportation said.
A vigil is scheduled Wednesday on campus.
FIGG designed the pedestrian walkway, which was a connection between the FIU campus and the city of Sweetwater, while contractor MCM built and installed it.