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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.

Audio from MPR News, August 6, 2007

August 5, 2007

August 4, 2007

August 3, 2007

  • Midday Hour 2 (noon)
    Mayor R.T. Rybak for the first half hour, and in the second half hour, emergency response team leaders.
  • Midday Hour 1 (11:00 am)
    Legislative leaders discuss state action that may be taken, as well as possibility of a special session.
  • Midmorning Hour 1 (9:00 am)
    The next steps in the bridge investigation, with guests Jon Hanson and Barry Sweedler.

August 2, 2007

  • All Things Considered (5:00 pm)
    More live interviews and reports on the scene, the first four victims are identified.
  • All Things Considered (3:30 pm)
    Tom Crann anchors coverage and features a press conference with NTSB chair Mark Rosenker
  • Midday Hour 2 (noon)
    Mike Mulcahy and Dan Olson take listeners' calls with questions and eyewitness reports. Also, excerpts from the earlier press conference -- plus a Q&A with Sen. Amy Klobuchar
  • Midday Hour 1 (11:00 am)
    Mike Mulcahy hosts Former Minnesota Department of Transportation Commissioner Elwyn Tinklenberg, plus live reports from MPR reporters Mark Zdechlik, Tom Scheck, Marianne Combs and Jeff Horwich.
  • Midmorning Hour 2 (10:00 am)
    Kerri Miller hosts Jay Prier, Captain of Lewis Township Water Rescue, Council Bluffs, Iowa
  • Midmorning Hour 1 (9:00 am)
    Guests: Hassan Astaneh Professor, structural engineering at University of California at Berkeley. He's the lead investigator of the Oakland highway bridge that burned and collapsed in April. Also joining in the conversation, C. V. Shashikumar, president and founder. C. V. Associates, Inc., a bridge inspection firm.
  • Morning Edition Hour 4 (8:00 am)
    Interview with Rep. Jim Oberstar, and reports filed by Marianne Combs, Annie Baxter, and Lorna Benson
  • Morning Edition Hour 3 (7:00 am)
    Features eyewitness accounts and coverage of the early morning Hennepin County press conference
  • Morning Edition Hour 2 (6:00 am)

August 1, 2007

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