Today marks the fifth anniversary of the devastating I-35W bridge collapse in Minneapolis, Minnesota that took 13 lives and injured 145 others. It was 6:05pm on Wednesday August 1, 2007 during the peak of rush hour when the bridge gave way and took nearly 100 vehicles stopped in traffic with it into the Mississippi River.
The incident was one of the worst man-made Minnesota has ever seen and while we reflect on those effected by the collapse we can certainly say we are more prepared than we were in 2007. Bridges are examined much closer than they were prior to the collapse and given more funding to repair and even replace the most critical of structures.
State and county engineers say the I-35W disaster raised awareness of bridge safety, tightened inspection and reporting requirements and made it easier to get state and federal money to repair or replace aging bridges.