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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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President Bush is promising a "flood of help" for people in southeastern Minnesota. He's also pledging quick federal help to replace the I-35W bridge. (08/22/2007)
After almost three weeks of television images, and a stream of photos in newspapers and on the web, there's something about the collapsed I-35W bridge that people still want to see for themselves. Now it'll be easier. (08/21/2007)
Officials are now stepping up efforts to remove debris from the site of the bridge collapse. Gov. Pawlenty is moving closer to calling a special session of the Legislature to deal with bridge costs, as well as flood relief for southeastern Minnesota. (08/21/2007)
Gregory Jolstad, nicknamed "Jolly," was on the construction crew that was resurfacing the Interstate 35W bridge when it fell Aug. 1 during the evening rush hour. (08/20/2007)
There were a few reports of traffic jams over the weekend, but overall, Department of Transportation officials say drivers took a shutdown of a section of I-94 in stride. (08/19/2007)
The Hennepin County medical examiner's office identified the remains as Scott Sathers, 30, of Maple Grove. (08/19/2007)
Gov. Pawlenty says the new I-35W bridge can be designed to hold light rail without causing significant delays to its construction. (08/17/2007)
Catastrophes, such as the I-35W bridge collapse and 9/11, raise the question of how much the government should invest in the safety and security of its population. But safety may come at a cost too great for the government to bear. Panelists discussed the issue along with members of the public at Minnesota Public Radio's UBS Forum. (Midday, 08/17/2007)
Hundreds of Twin Cities residents took advantage of their first chance to sound off about the I-35W replacement bridge at an open house in Roseville Thursday night. (08/16/2007)
Rep. Marty Seifert, R-Marsall, says he doesn't think lawmakers need to raise the state's gasoline tax to help rebuild the bridge and fix other transportation problems. (08/16/2007)
One part of the 35W bridge collapse story that is quietly proceeding is how to best chronicle, and remember, this event. MPR's Cathy Wurzer spoke with Matt Anderson, a curator with the Minnesota Historical Society. (08/16/2007)
Human remains were found in two of four vehicles taken from the wreckage of the I-35W bridge collapse since Wednesday evening. (08/16/2007)
In the aftermath of the I-35W bridge collapse, Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak has had to realign his budget priorities to consider road maintenance and repair. Now, he's hoping a special session at the Legislature will help solve some of the city's financial burdens. (Midday, 08/16/2007)
Businesses near the collapsed I-35W bridge in Minneapolis are experiencing a mixed bag of effects from the rerouting of traffic in the area. (08/15/2007)
State lawmakers weighed in on the design of the new I-35W bridge at a joint legislative hearing Wednesday. A large part of the hearing focused on the accelerated timeline of the rebuild. (08/15/2007)

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