We pause this week in remembrance of the thirteen Minnesotans who were killed and the dozens of people injured in the catastrophic failure of the I-35W bridge across the Mississippi River in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
A year ago, on August 1, 2007, the eight-lane, 1,907-foot- (508-meter-) long steel bridge collapsed in a major civil engineering disaster. A few days later, the U.S. Congress allocated the first $50 million (of some $200 million total) to speed construction of a replacement bridge.
In December, 2007, first concrete was poured for massive new foundations. Earlier this summer, ArchitectureWeek had a chance to view and photograph the new I-35W bridge in the thick of its rapid construction process, swarming with workers, flanked by great cranes on land and water.
And in about another month from today, the massive new structure on site-cast, post-tensioned, reinforced concrete box girders is scheduled to open for motor vehicle traffic.
Mourning the lost, and vowing to build better together,
On the road in Minnesota,