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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 public got its best view in weeks of the I-35W bridge collapse on Wednesday, when the city opened a pedestrian bridge about 1,000 feet downstream, but it was closed again several hours later. (08/15/2007)
Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak says the I-35W bridge collapse is a reminder that the city needs to spend more on maintaining its roads, bridges and sidewalks. (08/15/2007)
State transportation officials have unveiled a preliminary design for a new I-35W bridge. Now, state lawmakers discuss the reconstruction plans in a joint House-Senate transportation committee meeting. Midday previews the legislative hearings. (Midday, 08/15/2007)
The drawing reveals few details about the new bridge, aside from its general size and the number of lanes it will contain. The Minnesota Department of Transportation says the sketch will guide contractors who will use the information to work up detailed proposals for the new bridge (08/14/2007)
A law firm asked a federal court to grant its experts immediate access to the Interstate 35W bridge collapse site so they can begin their own investigation into what could lead to wrongful death and personal injury lawsuits. (08/14/2007)
Divers are still struggling with debris and river currents to find the remaining missing people who were on I-35W when it collapsed, and recent storms may slow the search even more. Midday's guest discusses this kind of ambiguous loss and how to be resilient in the face of trauma. (Midday, 08/14/2007)
As the Minnesota Department of Transportation moves ahead with rebuilding the I-35W bridge, some are asking about making a place for a memorial at the site of the collapse. Midmorning discusses the challenge of creating a public memorial and commemorating victims meaningfully. (Midmorning, 08/13/2007)
The Minnesota Department of Transportation will release the preliminary design of the new I-35W bridge on Tuesday, but those who were expecting the bridge to include a light rail line, a pedestrian walkway or a bike path may be disappointed. (08/13/2007)
The Minnesota Department of Transportation is making changes to Highway 280, the main detour for Interstate 35W, which is closed near the site of the 35W bridge collapse in Minneapolis. (08/13/2007)
Some metro area attorneys say families of the I-35W bridge victims have approached them about filing lawsuits. Whether victims can obtain compensation will depend largely on which entity is found to be at fault for the bridge's failure. (08/13/2007)
It's unlikely the next bridge will resemble the I-35W bridge that failed. Bridge design experts talk about what the new bridges are made of and how they're constructed. (Midmorning, 08/13/2007)
Divers found the body of Richard Chit in the Mississippi River on Sunday, 11 days after a highway bridge collapsed into the fast-flowing water, and a crane working at one end of the ruined span removed a school bus and other vehicles. (08/12/2007)
Overnight thunderstorms hampered the search Saturday for missing victims of the interstate bridge collapse, as Navy divers were held out of the water for several hours because of a dangerously fast current in the Mississippi River. (08/11/2007)
It's likely that many factors played a role in the collapse of the I-35W bridge. One of those factors is the weight of the many trucks that travel the nation's interstate system. (08/10/2007)
The Bush administration announced on Friday that it's making $50 million of the $250 million that's been authorized for the 35W bridge project immediately available to the state. (08/10/2007)

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