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Analysis of wrangling over transit and 35W bridge design

2007
Aug 14, 2007

Former Minnesota transportation commissioner Elwyn Tinklenberg provides analysis of the jockeying around the design of the new 35W bridge. He served under Governor Ventura and now runs a transportation consulting firm. 

 

MnDOT may consider future LRT for new bridge

2007
Aug 13, 2007

It now appears the Minnesota Department of Transportation is willing to consider a future light rail component for the new 35W bridge.

35W Bridge Collapse: Can Minnesota afford the upkeep of roads and bridges?

2007
Aug 10, 2007

Can Minnesota afford the upkeep of roads and bridges? Broadcast: Midday, 08/10/2007, 11:00 a.m. With the wreckage of the I-35W bridge still slumped in the Mississippi River, options for rebuilding are beginning to surface.

Five contractor finalists for 35W bridge replacement to meet with the state

2007
Aug 10, 2007

Officials with the Minnesota Department of Transportation will meet today with the five contractors that have been selected as finalists for the I-35W bridge rebuild. The five contractors have worked on some of the largest projects in the nation.

Theories on why bridge collapsed

2007
Aug 8, 2007

A bridge is thousands of pieces of metal and concrete. It's built to withstand all manner of weather and stress. And most bridges do exactly that. The Brooklyn Bridge has been carrying traffic for over 120 years, the Golden Gate Bridge for 70. So why did this bridge, the 35W collapse?

Bridge bids face upcoming deadline

2007
Aug 7, 2007

Designers and builders face a Wednesday morning deadline to show they're qualified to bid on the 35W bridge replacement project. State transportation officials have put the project on a fast track.

The push is on for a new bridge, and fast

2007
Aug 7, 2007

The push to rebuild the I-35W bridge is on the "fastest of fast tracks" with the hopes that the new bridge will be built by the end of next year.

Caltrans' director explains how they fast tracked a bridge rebuilding project

2007
Aug 6, 2007

The Minnesota Department of Transportation is placing the process to rebuild the 35W bridge on an extremely fast track. MnDOT officials hope to open a new bridge by the end of next year. They want contractors interested in the job to contact them within the next few days.

Wife of missing road construction worker who was on the bridge talks about her husband

2007
Aug 6, 2007

The wife of construction worker Greg Jolstad says she presumes her husband did not survive the fall of the Interstate 35W Bridge because she has not heard from him since the bridge collapsed last Wednesday.

Search for victims continues

2007
Aug 4, 2007

Divers continued searching the Mississippi River today for victims of Wedneday's bridge collapse. The divers'  work took place in treacherous conditions amid the rubble of the former bridge. Minnesota Public Radio's Mark Steil has the latest on the search.

Investigators discover that southern end of the 35W bridge shifted 50 feet while the rest fell in place

2007
Aug 4, 2007

Officials with the National Transportation Safety Board say the investigation into the collapse of the I-35W bridge has taken a step forward. Investigators have discovered that the southern end of the bridge shifted 50 feet to the east while the rest of it fell in place.

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