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.
Acting Transportation Commissioner Bob McFarlin joins Midday to discuss the condition of Minnesota's roads and bridges and the transportation priorities of the Pawlenty administration.
Attorneys representing victims of the 35W bridge collapse are questioning when state transportation officials became aware that gusset plates on bridge were bent, and what, if anything, they did in response.
Congressman Jim Oberstar, D-Minn., has written a strongly worded letter to the chair of the National Transportation Safety Board that challenges the agency's decision not to hold a public hearing on the I-35W bridge collapse.
Gov. Tim Pawlenty is contemplating extra aid for the worst-hurt bridge collapse victims. The governor said some extra money could be set aside for a small number of "extraordinary cases" whose needs wouldn't be met under the $400,000 cap.
The Legislature is waiting for its first report on the failure of the I-35W bridge collapse. This investigation is focusing on decisions about the bridge going back to its construction in the 1960s.
A new CD benefits the survivors and families of the 35W bridge collapse. The first track on the CD, and the only one written especially for this project, is by country music singer Rockie Lynne.
A report by the Legislative Auditor says the Minnesota Department of Transportation doesn't have enough money to meet the state's basic needs, and needs more money to conduct bridge inspections.