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.
The new 35W bridge was built in record time, and the funding for it was found with amazing speed. But don't expect the fast action and cooperative spirit to be a model for other state transportation projects.
How fast the new bridge was completed has some people wondering how safe it will be, but officials say the bridge's advanced design and cutting-edge technology make it a model for bridge building in the future.
Gov. Tim Pawlenty, U.S. Sens. Norm Coleman and Amy Klobuchar and other local leaders join together at the site of the new I-35W bridge to announce when it will open. Midday broadcasts this press conference live.
The new I-35W bridge is scheduled to open in days. When it does, there'll be a lot of attention on the structure, and its role as a thoroughfare for thousands of commuters. But what does it mean to relatives of victims?
While emergency responders have been praised
for the way they rescued victims of the Interstate 35W bridge
collapse, a review published in a medical journal says several
things could be improved in response to future disasters.
Friday night marked the one year anniversary of the I-35W bridge collapse. Several hundred people attended a memorial service near the foot of the Stone Arch Bridge in Minneapolis to remember the tragedy.