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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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There are renewed calls for the Hastings bridge to be replaced, after a new MnDOT report downgraded the bridge's condition. The span is slated for replacement, but not until next decade. Replacing the bridge would cost nearly $100 million, and at this point that money isn't available. (02/15/2008)
The condition rating of the Hastings bridge, already one of the lowest-rated bridges in the Twin Cities region, has been lowered even further, according to a state Transportation Department inspection report. (02/15/2008)
A new Minnesota Public Radio News/Humphrey Institute poll shows that those Minnesotans who know of Carol Molnau disapprove of the job she's doing as transportation commissioner by a nearly 2-1 margin. (02/01/2008)
The head of the National Transportation Safety Board Chairman hand-delivered a letter Monday to U.S. Rep. Jim Oberstar, to respond to Oberstar's complaints about the NTSB's investigation of the 35W bridge collapse. (01/28/2008)
Legislation to help people hurt by the Interstate 35W bridge collapse would allow victims to recover economic losses, plus money for physical or emotional pain. (01/17/2008)
In their many reviews of the 35W bridge, why did inspectors never look at the thickness of the gusset plates? (01/16/2008)
The investigation of the I-35W bridge collapse is bringing new focus on the engineering firm that built it. The National Transportation Safety Board said design errors led to the disaster. (01/16/2008)
Gov. Tim Pawlenty says the NTSB's findings on the I-35W bridge collapse largely exonerates his administration from responsibility for the disaster. The NTSB found flaws with the original design of the bridge. The findings dramatically alter the debate, but not the disagreement, over transportation policy in Minnesota. (01/16/2008)
As part of MPR's coverage of the I-35W bridge, Midday features a special report on the National Transportation Safety Board's investigation of the cause of the collapse. (Midday, 01/16/2008)
Bad design, not bad construction or maintenance, led to the collapse of the I-35W bridge in Minneapolis that killed 13 people. (01/15/2008)
Some of the people who responded to last year's I-35W bridge collapse will be recognized for their efforts today. (01/14/2008)
A low-interest loan program for businesses affected by the Interstate 35W bridge collapse had just eight applications through the end of 2007. (01/06/2008)
The Minnesota Legislature is spending up to $500,000 to hire a Minneapolis-based law firm to help investigate the 35W bridge collapse. (12/19/2007)
Minnesota would receive $195 million to help replace the fallen I-35W bridge, as well as $50 million in security money for next year's Republican National Convention, under a year-end budget bill passed by the House late Monday. (12/17/2007)
Construction workers Monday began the above-ground phase of construction on the I-35W bridge project, as workers began pouring concrete for the first of five bridge abutments. (12/17/2007)

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