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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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The MRI lab was not damaged, even though the building sits within 50 feet of the collapsed bridge. But concerns over safety and liability forced the lab to close. (11/01/2007)
A Ramsey County judge has rejected an attempt by two construction executives to block the Interstate 35W bridge project. (10/31/2007)
Rep. Jim Oberstar of Minnesota has backed off his proposal for a five-cent gas tax increase to fund $25 billion worth of bridge repairs, instead offering a $2 billion plan targeting the most dangerous bridges in the country. (10/31/2007)
The Aug. 1 collapse of the I-35W bridge killed 13 people and injured about 100 more. The victims want help for medical bills, economic losses and pain and suffering. (10/25/2007)
The word "underwhelming" came up repeatedly at a forum Wednesday, set up to give community members a chance to weigh in on final design details for the $234 million bridge. (10/24/2007)
The National Transportation Safety Board says it expects to remain on the site of the I-35W bridge collapse until late November. The agency is still talking with motorists who were on the bridge when it collapsed Aug. 1 as part of the investigation. (10/23/2007)
A Ramsey County judge cited a conflict of interest and removed himself Tuesday from the lawsuit over the bidding process for the new Interstate 35W bridge. (10/23/2007)
A law firm representing I-35 bridge victims has hired an engineering company that investigated the collapse of the World Trade Center. The chief investigator has a unique connection to Minneapolis. (10/23/2007)
Minneapolis' mayor talks about the politics of the funding and design of the I-35W bridge replacement. He also talks about the new settlement on reducing airport noise for some homeowners, one that took years to achieve. (Midmorning, 10/19/2007)
Lead designer of the I-35W bridge replacement project, Linda Figg, talked to All Things Considered about how the new bridge will accommodate the state's extreme weather. (10/18/2007)
Two Minnesotans are suing the Minnesota Department of Transportation over its selection of a Colorado based contractor to rebuild the I-35W bridge. (10/16/2007)
MnDOT rejected a recommendation from the consultant to install high-tech sensors to detect cracking on critical sections of the I-35W bridge less than a year before the bridge collapsed. (10/16/2007)
A panel of skeptical lawmakers gave MnDOT the authority to spend an extra $60 million in the aftermath of the Interstate 35W bridge collapse -- less than one-third of the agency's $195 million request. (10/15/2007)
The National Transportation Safety Board isn't the only entity looking for the cause of the bridge collapse. (10/15/2007)
Lindsay Petterson and Erica Gwillim were both driving south on the I-35W bridge in Minneapolis when it collapsed on Aug. 1. They were injured in the accident, and are still recovering physically and mentally. (10/14/2007)

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