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Bridge Collapse In Minneapolis, Minnesota

I can't believe what I am seeing on my local news. I just can't. I live in rural Minnesota, at least three hours away from the Metro (Minneapolis/St. Paul), and had woken from a nap to find out that an entire bridge collapsed on 35W. I have crossed that bridge at least once. It's awful to see it on TV. It's awful to read the articles on the internet, and it's awful to think how many people are hurt or worse in this tragic accident.

Here is an article about the bridge collapse. I just hope that not too many people will die in this.

Far Away Eyes

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Been tracking it here...that is so awful. Only been in that area to make plane connections, but certainly, nobody should think they have to live near there to know how awful a bridge collapse like that is. Best wishes for the people effected, and the people doing emergency response, as well, for that too is dangerous.

OMG! That sounds worse than when the bridge in OK on I40 collasped into the river with a number of cars on it after a barge hit it. A number of people died, but at least it was a rural area so that there wasn't anything under it to be crushed. Stuff like that is horrible. I wonder if they'll figure out what happened.

I heard they had been doing construction on the bridge

The construction, as far as I've heard, was only surface work, such as new concrete in the surface area of the road. They hadn't done anything to the underside.

Wow. That means it's old problems that weren't corrected through inspection...or perhaps lack of inspection. Hope this is just a fluke and not a pattern. Or they can find out what exactly went wrong.

It had been inspected in 2005 and 2006 as being up to par. I'm afraid it's the fact of this nation's infrastructure. It's old. This bridge was 40 years old. I just hope that this won't happen to any other structures.

Seems that on the National database there were stronger warnings about the need for corrections. If we don't, as a nation, start paying attention to our infrastructure, this isn't going to be rare. I hope the loss of life here will be reason enough to take the issue more seriously.

We had a new update on the integrity of the bridge from the StarTrib that said it was marked as FAILED in 2005. I'm placing the blame soley on our loser of a governor. It's Pointless's fault. He should have FUNDED our road projects instead of saying NO NO NO NO to all of them as he has every year. It was so preventable, and that is unforgiveable.

Should never had happen

I could not believe it either; sometime I still can not believe how that bridge just give away, but you must forgive me for what I am about to say, but I am not surprise that it did happen and I will tell you why.

I come from Connectict, and in 1983 an area of bridge collapse on the Connecticut Turnpike (Interstate 95)over the Mianus River in Greenwich. That was one of the first disasters that involved a bridge collapsing and our Federal Govt. did little to nothing to prevent this current tradgey.

I feel real sorry for the families who has lost a love one or are waiting to hear about their missing love ones. I think we as a nation needs to be on the backs of our Congressmen demanding why it had to take something of this magitude for them to do something about it. We should demand that OUR tax dollars that is going overseas to fund a senseless war needs to come back home to fix our infracture. If we as a nation do not demand change immediately then what just happen in Minnesota will be nothing when the next disaster strikes and we only have ourselves to blame.

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