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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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Author Patricia Hampl draws from literary sources far and wide to take listeners on a literary voyage down the Mississippi River. She reads from her own memoirs as well as the work of other poets, novelists, historians and essayists. (Midday, 12/08/2008)
The National Transportation Safety Board has closed its investigation into the I-35W bridge collapse. The board ruled that the gusset plates on the bridge were not designed properly and also found that MnDOT had not adequately overseen the bridge's design. (11/14/2008)
During a Thursday hearing of the National Transportation Safety Board, investigators say 289 tons of construction equipment and materials were stored on the 35W bridge on the day it collapsed. Investigators say an under-designed gusset plate was the primary cause of the disaster (11/13/2008)
The final report on the causes of the I-35W bridge collapse will be discussed Thursday in Washington. Minnesota Public Radio News has learned NTSB investigators will report that under-designed gusset plates and weight added to the bridge deck were the primary causes of the collapse. (11/13/2008)
Investigators for the NTSB have concluded that under-designed gusset plates and the weight on the bridge deck were the primary causes of the I-35W bridge collapse, Minnesota Public Radio News has learned. (11/12/2008)
Sonia Pitt, the Minnesota emergency manager who stayed on the East Coast after the Interstate 35W bridge collapse will face no criminal charges. (11/07/2008)
The fired Minnesota emergency manager who stayed out of state for several days after the Minneapolis bridge collapse told a Twin Cities television station: "it wasn't my catastrophe." (11/03/2008)
Rep. Jim Oberstar is criticizing the National Transportation Safety Board after a published report said that investigators for the agency have determined an original design flaw is the likeliest reason for the collapse of the Interstate 35W bridge in Minneapolis. (10/27/2008)
A judge has thrown out a lawsuit challenging how Minnesota transportation officials awarded the contract for the recently opened Interstate 35W replacement bridge in Minneapolis. (10/24/2008)
More than 50 victims of the Minneapolis bridge collapse have filed for compensation from the state, with more to come. (10/14/2008)
Victims of the Interstate 35W bridge collapse face a deadline this week for getting compensation from a special fund established by the Legislature. (10/12/2008)
Traffic has been rolling over the new I-35W bridge for almost a week now, but the project still isn't officially done yet. (09/24/2008)
The new I-35W bridge opened this morning, less than 14 months after the old span collapsed into the Mississippi River. For drivers, what used to be a routine trip before the collapse, was -- at least for today -- anything but routine. (09/18/2008)
MnDOT officials say the lanes added to Interstate 94 where the freeway crosses the Mississippi River in Minneapolis will remain in place. (09/18/2008)
On Thursday morning at 5 a.m., almost 14 months after the collapse of the I-35W bridge, the new bridge was opened to traffic. (09/18/2008)

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