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.
Two people who remember the bridge collapse vividly are Julie Schwartz and her 19-year-old son, Alex. They were among the first of dozens of ordinary people who rushed to the scene of the 35W bridge collapse and started helping the victims. They spoke with MPR's Tom Crann.
Memorial services are being held throughout the day today to remember the 13 people who died and the more than 100 who were injured when the I-35W bridge collapsed into the Mississippi River last year on Aug. 1, 2007.
After the 35W bridge collapsed into the Mississippi River a year ago, the outcry centered on the lack of funding for bridge repair and replacement. But a year later, bills to enhance federal funding have yet to be approved.
The engineer overseeing construction of the new I-35W bridge over the Mississippi River in Minneapolis says the span may open as early as mid-September, which has caused some to wonder about its safety.
State Bridge Engineer Dan Dorgan will be our guest in the MPR studios a year after the 35W bridge collapse to talk about the condition of bridges in Minnesota and answer questions from listeners.