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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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A steady stream of motorists crossed the new Interstate 35W bridge as it opened for traffic early Thursday, less than 14 months after the old one collapsed into the Mississippi River. (09/18/2008)
The new I-35W bridge is open to traffic, just 13 months after the old one collapsed into the Mississippi River. (09/17/2008)
Hundreds of sensors, some placed inside the bridge's concrete during construction, will send data to the University of Minnesota for analysis. (09/17/2008)
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. (09/17/2008)
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. (09/16/2008)
State officials announce today when the new I-35W bridge over the Mississippi River will open to traffic, perhaps as early as Tuesday. (09/15/2008)
Just 414 days after the Interstate 35W bridge fell into the Mississippi, freeway traffic will be rolling over the river again this week. (09/15/2008)
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. (Midday, 09/15/2008)
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? (09/12/2008)
Gov. Tim Pawlenty and Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak plan to talk Monday about a memorial that will honor the victims, the same day they reveal when the new bridge will open to traffic. (09/11/2008)
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. (09/11/2008)
The bridge could be open to traffic as early as next Tuesday, slightly more than 13 months after the old on collapsed on Aug. 1, 2007. (09/09/2008)
Construction crews working on the new I-35W bridge said Saturday that the bridge could be completed even earlier than expected. (09/07/2008)
The NTSB said Friday the draft report will identify the probable cause of the collapse and include safety recommendations to prevent future disasters. (08/29/2008)
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. (08/01/2008)

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