Wednesday, August 1, 2012
Wednesday, Aug. 1 marks the five-year anniversary of the collapse of the Interstate 35W Bridge in Minneapolis.
Survivors of the Interstate 35W bridge collapse have weighed in across the Twin Cities via Patch with their memories of that devastating day. The bridge, which spans the Mississippi River near the University of Minnesota campus, collapsed at about 6 p.m. on Aug. 1, 2007. Thirteen people were killed and more than 100 were injured. Rescue crews came from a nine-county area in Minnesota, and from St. Croix County in Wisconsin. United States Navy divers were deployed to help recover victims in the murky water. A new bridge was erected and completed in September 2008. A memorial to the victims is located near the west side of the bridge, next to Gold Medal Park. *** Minnetonka 35W Survivor Pens Book on Disaster Survivor of Bridge Collapse Opens…
Immediately after the I-35W bridge collapse, bridge safety was listed as a high priority. Has the initial sense of urgency made a difference five years later?
When the I-35W bridge collapsed on Aug. 1, 2007, elected officials were stunned and appalled. They were angry and so were the residents of the state where the collapse occurred. All said they wanted immediate action. In the aftermath, transportation workers across the nation inspect bridges, and officials pledged increased funding for infrastructure. Five years later, have the pledges for money and the anger about bridge safety resulted in enough repairs? A story published July 30 in the Star Tribune says "bridge safety still lacks urgency." The Pioneer Press, however, ran a report on the same day saying bridge repairs in Minnesota are on schedule, according to a Minnesota Department of Transportation timeline. What do you think? Answer …
Monday, July 30, 2012
In the comments, share your memories and the impact it had on you and your town.
Within the span of a few seconds on Aug. 1, 2007, the I-35W bridge, the state's fifth busiest span, became piles of rubble. The effects of that day have reverberated for five years. Wednesday marks the anniversary of the collapse, which killed 13 and injured 145. If you were in Minnesota at the time, you remember where you were when you heard about the tragedy. We want to hear your stories. Tell us in the comments how the collapse affected you, your family and your town. What do you remember about that day?