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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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Pawlenty signed the bill in his office with dozens of victims on hand, some of them with tears in their eyes. (05/08/2008)
MnDOT has shut down two lanes on one of the major bridges between Duluth and Superior Wisconsin. (05/06/2008)
The Minnesota Legislature approved a $38 million compensation package for the victims today and sent it to a supportive Gov. Tim Pawlenty. (05/05/2008)
The Minnesota Department of Transportation's new commissioner, Tom Sorel, talks about where he thinks the new gas tax revenue should be spent, and about the progress of replacing some critical bridges in Minneapolis and around the state. (Midmorning, 05/05/2008)
Work on the new Interstate 35W bridge is progressing so well that construction managers said Saturday they expect to open it by mid-September instead of late December as originally scheduled. (05/03/2008)
Gov. Tim Pawlenty warned against a rush to judgment about the cause of the 35W bridge collapse, one day after likely Republican presidential nominee John McCain blamed it on wasteful spending. (05/01/2008)
Republican John McCain said Wednesday that the bridge collapse in Minnesota that killed 13 people last year would not have happened if Congress had not wasted so much money on pork-barrel spending. (05/01/2008)
U.S. Representative Jim Oberstar is publicly urging the National Transportation Safety Board to reverse its decision not to hold a public hearing on last year's deadly bridge collapse in Minneapolis. (04/23/2008)
A new report gives Minneapolis generally high marks for its response to the I-35W bridge collapse, but finds room for improvement as well. (04/22/2008)
Gov. Tim Pawlenty has named Tom Sorel, an official with the Federal Highway Administration, as the state's next transportation comissioner. (04/21/2008)
With a month left in the 2008 Legislative session, that plan to compensate victims of the 35W bridge collapse is stuck. (04/18/2008)
The National Transportation Safety Board's leader attempted Tuesday to dispel concerns that the panel's stance against a public hearing on the Interstate 35W bridge collapse was due to a power struggle with Minnesota highway officials. (04/08/2008)
The National Transportation Safety Board's investigation of the I-35W bridge collapse will be the subject of public hearings - even if the board isn't the one conducting them. (03/27/2008)
The chairman of the National Transportation Safety Board said the board will not reconsider its decision to forgo a public hearing on the 35W collapse. (03/26/2008)
House-Senate negotiators met Wednesday to start sorting out their differences over how to compensate victims of the Minneapolis freeway bridge collapse. (03/26/2008)

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