The I-35W bridge over the Mississippi in Minneapolis collapsed during rush hour on August 1, 2007, plunging dozens of cars and their occupants into the river. The calamity disrupted transportation, aimed a spotlight on public infrastructure, and evoked an outpouring of public response.
Rep. Jim Oberstar of Minnesota has backed off his proposal for a five-cent gas tax increase to fund $25 billion worth of bridge repairs, instead offering a $2 billion plan targeting the
most dangerous bridges in the country.
The National Transportation Safety Board says it expects to remain on the site of the I-35W bridge collapse until late November. The agency is still talking with motorists who were on the bridge when it collapsed Aug. 1 as part of the investigation.
A law firm representing I-35 bridge victims has hired an engineering company that investigated the collapse of the World Trade Center. The chief investigator has a unique connection to Minneapolis.
Minneapolis' mayor talks about the politics of the funding and design of the I-35W bridge replacement. He also talks about the new settlement on reducing airport noise for some homeowners, one that took years to achieve.
A panel of skeptical lawmakers gave MnDOT the authority to spend an extra $60 million in the aftermath of the Interstate 35W bridge collapse -- less than one-third of the agency's $195 million request.
Lindsay Petterson and Erica Gwillim were both driving south on the I-35W bridge in Minneapolis when it collapsed on Aug. 1. They were injured in the accident, and are still recovering physically and mentally.