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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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Three weeks out from the anniversary of the I-35W bridge collapse, survivors and the public have yet to learn what the city and state have in store to mark the date. (07/11/2008)
The road construction company facing scrutiny and possible lawsuits over its role in the collapse of the Interstate 35W bridge holds one of the biggest subcontracts on the replacement. (07/09/2008)
The final section of the northbound lane of the new Interstate 35W bridge in Minneapolis is in place, although the new span won't be open until at least September. (07/05/2008)
Responding to a harsh assessment over bridge maintenance before the Interstate 35W failure, top Minnesota transportation managers defended their approach to that span at a legislative hearing this afternoon. (06/24/2008)
Records from the state Department of Transportation show that state bridge inspectors noted rusty gusset plates on the Winona Interstate Bridge as early as 2006, a newspaper reported on Thursday. (06/19/2008)
The rebuilding of the 35W bridge and recent bridge closings are part of a cautious approach to bridges in Minnesota in the wake of last summer's tragedy. (06/16/2008)
The nation's top transportation official wants to make sure Minnesotans know that federal funding is on the way to relieve Twin Cities' congestion. (06/12/2008)
One official at the NTSB says the agency will consider an academic report on the cause of the 35W bridge collapse. Another transportation organization says the findings are not complete and may not be totally accurate. (06/04/2008)
The 35W bridge collapse forces the university's hand with giant, dusty particle accelerator. (05/29/2008)
The new Interstate 35W bridge over the Mississippi River is expected to start looking a little more like a bridge over the next several weeks. (05/25/2008)
Attorneys representing victims of the 35W bridge collapse say that a new state report is giving them addition ammunition against a company MnDOT hired five years ago to analyze the bridge. (05/22/2008)
About 600 workers are working 12-hour shifts, 24 hours a day, seven days a week on both sides of the Mississippi River to get the I-35W bridge rebuilt in the shortest amount of time possible. (05/21/2008)
A new report on the 35W bridge collapse said the Minnesota Department of Transportation did not always follow its own maintenance policies, due in part to financial restraints. (05/21/2008)
The Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra is premiering a new work by Minnesota Orchestra conductor Osmo Vanska, called "The Bridge." It's inspired in part by the collapse of the I-35W bridge last summer. (05/16/2008)
An arbitrator has ruled that the state had just cause in firing a Minnesota Department of Transportation employee, Sonia Morphew Pitt. (05/16/2008)

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