With both the north and southbound spans in place, the new I-35W bridge is nearly complete. Following up on our April 2008 video tour, MinnPost reconnected with Mn/DOT’s Kevin Gutknecht on Thursday to view the progress. We walked the entire span of the bridge and captured an up-close look at some of the fascinating details of bridge construction on a hot summer afternoon.
Bridge as symbol: first as an alarm, then a reminder
By Steve Berg | Friday, Aug. 1, 2008
The shocking event was seen as an alarm going off, alerting Americans to the decrepit shape of their public infrastructure. Later it came to remind them of the nation’s obsolete transportation outlook and policy.
‘I would just listen to the survivors tell their stories’
G.R. Anderson Jr. | Friday, Aug. 1, 2008
Red Cross volunteer will never forget that day.
Reclaiming a bus ride in August
By Marisa Helms | Friday, Aug. 1, 2008
A school bus carrying 52 kids was on the I-35W bridge when it collapsed. Miraculously, every child survived — and now they are coping with their memories with a huge art project.
One year ago: ‘Did a bridge fall down?’
By G.R. Anderson, Jr. | Thursday, July 31, 2008
Friday is the first anniversary of the I-35W bridge collapse. Three survivors — two who made it across the river, one who didn’t — recall the day and reflect on what a difference a year makes.