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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.