Today is the one year anniversary of the I-35W Bridge Collapsing here in Minneapolis.
I live and work near the bridge, so I have been watching how hard all the bridge builders have been working ever since that day one year ago.
There are people working on the bridge 24 hours a day. They worked through bitter cold in the winter and hot humid days in the summer. There are all kinds of cool trucks and cranes and barges getting things done.
You may not know this if you don't live here, but they have already made the bridge connect across the river:
It is scheduled to open in September.
I am very impressed at how fast all the legislators and what not worked to get organized and get the project going, I mean, if they had just decided to replace the bridge it probably would have taken a year just to narrow down a design and decide who would pay for the bridge. am I right?
Then of course the people working on the bridge are amazing. I have seriously driven by around 1am on cold winter night and seen people out working on the bridge. BRRR!
Oh and the people who survived the collapse! They are out of this world. For example, the kids that were on the school bus made this mural together:
The mural is right by my house, so I can go by and think of how brave they are all the time!
Lastly I am proud of the community-at-large for supporting the victims and for dealing with the lost bridge very patiently. If you do not live here, then you probably do not know that this bridge is a major freeway artery and also that a long stretch of freeway just south of the bridge had already been under major construction before the collapse (and still is today- FYI 35W will be closed this weekend between 494 and 94). I have not heard people complain about having to detour around the bridge...but they do complain about the "normal" construction!
Way to be a little patient, community-at-large!