Looking back on the 35W Bridge Collapse

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If you are online to read this and haven’t found out yet, you’re… well, I don’t even know.

The 35W bridge over the Mississippi collapsed today. I found out via Twitter. It happened at approximately 6:00 pm. There are cars in the river. There was a school bus full of kids on the bridge, but the bus didn’t actually fall in the water. A whole section of bridge dropped straight down and is sitting just above the water. CNN’s running photos that folks downtown have taken from their apartment.

There’s been construction work going on on various parts of 35W near downtown for a long time, but I wasn’t aware that they were actually working on this bridge.

Phone service is spotty.

Today’s the anniversary of the 35W Bridge Collapse, so I thought I’d revisit some of the liveblogging we did of the post-collapse events. Above is from Erica’s post at 6:57 p.m. on August 1. Heavy stuff when you think back to it all.

Significant MB posts covering the collapse:

4 Comments so far

  1. Erica M (ericam) on August 1st, 2008 @ 11:40 am

    I very distinctly remember the Twitters. I had just come out of The Beat Coffeehouse at 28th & Hennepin, having met a friend to talk about some projects. I had been ignoring my phone, since we were having a conversation and all; it had been buzzing constantly for a minute. And then I read through all the texts and was like "Holy shit!" followed by "I need to get on the internet!" So I stopped by my apartment and threw up the aforequoted post just to have something there. Then I called my girlfriend, told her to get home if she wasn’t already or to stay home if she was, and headed to her house.

    Spent the rest of the night in front of the tv with the laptop, flipping between CNN and WCCO. My brain was going a mile a minute just trying to process it all. And then I hugged my girlfriend and cried and stuff.

    It was very much a "I cannot believe this is happening" kind of day. Even when you see it with your eyes, it’s hard to wrap your brain around it. To this day, the sight of exposed rebar gives me a twinge after seeing all that twisted green metal laying in the river.


  2. David (jacc) on August 1st, 2008 @ 12:11 pm

    We were in the process of buying our house and were actually at the house with the inspector. I had to make some calls and my phone kept getting a busy signal and I remember wondering what the heck was up. Shortly after a flood of text messages let me know what was up.

    The rest of the evening was pretty surreal.


  3. Art (artallen) on August 1st, 2008 @ 12:51 pm

    I was meeting some friends for coffee in Minneapolis (in the North Loop, mere blocks from 35W), and I noticed there was a lot of traffic redirection, so I asked a cop what was up. He told me a bridge had collapsed. That piece of information told me very little: what exactly does a collapse mean? I assumed it meant that the road had buckled or something, maybe it sank five feet and had to be closed for repairs. Then I saw the coverage on TV.


  4. greg on August 2nd, 2008 @ 9:02 pm

    My wife, baby son and I were heading out to dinner. We were planning to go hit up Totino’s (old location just north of Minneapolis) and theoretically would have crossed the 35W bridge at the exact time it feel, but my wife changed her mind at the last minute and we went for seafood instead.

    As we pulled into the parking lot whatever radio station we were listening to cut into the broadcast. We went into the restaurant where all patrons were crowded into the bar to watch the live helicopter footage on television. My parents kept calling me over and over, and we were finally able to talk via txt. |

    The next day I had already taken off work, so I got up at 7 a.m. and liveblogged the news coverage for 12 hours! :)



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