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Minneapolis Bridge Collapse
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.
 

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Almost everything effected by the I-35W bridge collapse and bridge reconstruction has a price tag. (10/14/2007)
Construct a new I-35W bridge in winter? No sweat, says the project's manager. (10/11/2007)
The people who will use the new bridge weigh in on the design. (10/10/2007)
A special panel of eight lawmakers met Tuesday and criticized the Minnesota Department of Transportation for signing a contract to build a new 35W bridge before the federal government has sent the money for the project. (10/09/2007)
The plans have been unveiled, the contract is signed, and in spite of legal threats from contractors who lost the bidding process, surveying begins Tuesday for the new 35W bridge. Where does funding stand for the bridge project and other transportation priorities in Minnesota? (Midday, 10/09/2007)
MnDOT formally awarded the bridge reconstruction contract to Flatiron, and unveiled the winning design. (10/08/2007)
Two losing bidders in the 35W bridge rebuilding project had filed a protest, arguing that MnDOT's bidding process was flawed. The state Department of Administration rejected those arguments in its opinion released Monday. (10/08/2007)
A group of lawmakers will meet again this week to discuss whether to authorize state money for rebuilding the I-35W bridge. The issue is complicated by politics and slow action on the state and federal levels. (10/07/2007)
The Minneapolis City Council voted unanimously Friday to give municipal consent to the state's plan for replacing the collapsed I-35W bridge. (10/05/2007)
DFL lawmakers continue their scrutiny of the Minnesota Department of Transportation. MnDOT's finances and decisionmaking were the focus of two more legislative hearings Thursday. (10/04/2007)
House Speaker Margaret Anderson Kelliher, of Minneapolis, said Wednesday she wants to see a "fresh start" at the Transportation Department and has grown concerned about Carol Molnau's ability to run the agency. Molnau is also Minnesota's lieutenant governor. (10/03/2007)
Two of the losing teams are protesting the decision, to award the contract to Flatiron Construction of Colorado. MnDOT officials say the evaluation process was thorough and fair to all proposers. (10/01/2007)
The Interstate 35W bridge catastrophe carried a far bigger financial toll than previously known and could approach $400 million by the time a replacement is built. (10/01/2007)
The state has picked a team to design and build the new Interstate 35W bridge, but the politicians are still wrangling over how it's going to be paid for. Meanwhile, some state legislators are calling for major changes at the state Department of Transportation. (Midmorning, 10/01/2007)
The state of Wisconsin is installing sensors on 14 major truss bridges to monitor their safety. MPR's Cathy Wurzer talks to Wisconsin bridge engineer Finn Hubbard about how the sensory technology works. (09/28/2007)

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