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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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Two people who remember the bridge collapse vividly are Julie Schwartz and her 19-year-old son, Alex. They were among the first of dozens of ordinary people who rushed to the scene of the 35W bridge collapse and started helping the victims. They spoke with MPR's Tom Crann. (08/01/2008)
Transportation Secretary Mary Peters said fewer bridges are classified as functionally obsolete or structurally deficient compared with a year ago. (08/01/2008)
Memorial services are being held throughout the day today to remember the 13 people who died and the more than 100 who were injured when the I-35W bridge collapsed into the Mississippi River last year on Aug. 1, 2007. (08/01/2008)
The National Transportation Safety Board grows closer to completing its investigation on the bridge collapse. Under-sized gusset plates and corrosion appear to be two factors. (08/01/2008)
Former Minnesota Department of Transportation emergency response director Sonia Pitt lost her second job in less than a year on Thursday. (08/01/2008)
MnDOT is a different agency than it was one year ago, when one of the worst infrastructure failures in U.S. history happened. (08/01/2008)
After the 35W bridge collapsed into the Mississippi River a year ago, the outcry centered on the lack of funding for bridge repair and replacement. But a year later, bills to enhance federal funding have yet to be approved. (Midmorning, 08/01/2008)
The engineer overseeing construction of the new I-35W bridge over the Mississippi River in Minneapolis says the span may open as early as mid-September, which has caused some to wonder about its safety. (07/31/2008)
When the Interstate 35W bridge fell last August, approximately 140,000 vehicles were using it every day. (07/30/2008)
State Bridge Engineer Dan Dorgan will be our guest in the MPR studios a year after the 35W bridge collapse to talk about the condition of bridges in Minnesota and answer questions from listeners. (Midday, 07/30/2008)
Lawmakers rolled out a plan Monday they say would make Minnesota bridges safer. (07/28/2008)
More than 4,000 people have taken the official tours offered by the new 35W bridge's builders every Saturday. (07/27/2008)
Construction workers have poured the final batch of concrete to fill the remaining gap in the new Interstate 35W bridge. (07/25/2008)
The new Interstate 35W bridge will probably be finished before a lawsuit over the bidding process behind it goes on trial in December. (07/17/2008)
A U.S. House report says Minnesota was tied for last in the percentage of federal bridge funds it actually spent on bridges over a five-year period. (07/16/2008)

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