Rebuilding the I-35W bridge: A behind-the-scenes tour

From afar, Twin Cities residents have been watching reconstruction of the I-35W bridge, which collapsed without warning Aug. 1. Now you can get a closer view: MinnPost videographers filmed a behind-the-scenes look at the construction. Guided by Kevin Gutknecht of the Minnesota Department of Transportation, the video tour explores areas not open to the public — on the north and south sides of the new bridge — and the casting yard where enormous concrete segments of the bridge are created.
 
The $234 million bridge, designed for a 100-year life span, will accommodate 10 lanes of traffic. The new bridge originally was scheduled for a Dec. 24 opening, but weekend reports indicate that construction is far ahead of schedule and, if work continues at its current pace, could be completed by mid-September.
 
For more information, check out the Minnesota Department of Transportation website, which includes live webcams, a section on frequently asked questions and weekly construction updates.

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Comments (2)

  1. Submitted by James Nordgaard on 05/05/2008 - 06:41 pm.

    Nice video.

    So what was it that the MNDOT guy didn’t want us to see? At 2:20 there is a big hand in front of the lens directing the camera 180 degrees. Is there something they don’t want the public to know about?

  2. Submitted by Kevin Gutknecht on 08/05/2008 - 01:35 pm.

    First time I’ve seen the comment. Not very observant I guess.

    I was not attempting to hide anything. We were climbing down a rather precarious ladder. When I got on the ground, I reached up and took the camera, which was still running, so that the photographer could climb down safely.

    Any questions, let me know.

    email is kevin.gutknecht@dot.state.mn.us

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