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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.