35W Bridge Opens Thursday

Can you believe it’s been over a year since the 35W bridge collapsed? I’m stuck somewhere between thinking there’s no way that much time has passed and thinking “by year you mean decade, right?” But that is neither here nor there. Now it’s time to get back on the bridge!


Or is it?
Bob Collins asked the question over at News Cut, and you can click through to take a Public Insight Network survey for the old MPR.

Personally, I’m kind of excited to drive over it–in the way I’m excited to wear new socks that I really like: I realize it will be completely mundane and exactly the same as all the other times, but the knowledge that it’s new and snazzy will be satisfying. There are built in sensors, for Pete’s sake! Sensors! But I know a lot of people are either unwilling to tempt fate or are simply uninterested in changing their daily driving habits again. The makeshift solution of using 280 worked remarkably well, after all. Better than I thought it would, anyway. How about you? Have you given it much thought?

The other thing people are getting worked up about is the design. Over at MnSpeak, the very first comment on this thread reads as follows:

I wish it were prettier. But whatever, good for them for finishing it on time.

I actually think it’s super pretty. Then again, I’ve always gravitated to understated beauty. Plus it’s all 50s-chic! Check it out (photo is from MinnPost):

New 35W Bridge

As always, please let us know what you think. Do you love it? Do you hate it? Does the technology make you feel safe, or do you think it’s going to go all Matrix on us and destroy humanity?

2 Comments so far

  1. pyrodogg on September 16th, 2008 @ 10:36 pm

    I feel confident about the new bridge. I was around during the collapse and have frequently gone over the look in on the construction over the past year, and I can honestly say I don’t have the slightest apprehension about driving over the new bridge. I just think it would have been nicer to have some sort of prime-time bridge opening instead of at 5am.


  2. Erica M (ericam) on September 17th, 2008 @ 8:17 am

    I’m sure it’ll work just fine. People will drive over it and it will not fall down again.

    I’m not really sure why people keep harping on the design thing. We needed a bridge fast more than we needed a pretty bridge. Yeah, a cable stay bridge would have been spectacular (think Golden Gate), but there are so many bridges in close proximity, a few of which are pretty nice, I think (Stone Arch, Hennepin/1st Ave).

    I am curious as to what the scene will look like. Will folks roll up around 4:00 and just wait? Will traffic be backed up on 35W until it opens? I read there’s a state trooper escort. Are there still concrete barriers up now? Is there an official team who will scootch the orange barrels right at 5:00? I don’t want to have to watch the news to find out.



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