When the I-35W bridge collapsed on Aug. 1, 2007, elected officials were stunned and appalled. They were angry and so were the residents of the state where the collapse occurred. All said they wanted immediate action. In the aftermath, transportation workers across the nation inspect bridges, and officials pledged increased funding for infrastructure.
Five years later, have the pledges for money and the anger about bridge safety resulted in enough repairs?
A story published July 30 in the Star Tribune says "bridge safety still lacks urgency."
The Pioneer Press, however, ran a report on the same day saying bridge repairs in Minnesota are on schedule, according to a Minnesota Department of Transportation timeline.
What do you think? Answer our poll and share your thoughts in the comments.
For more information about your town's bridges, check out the following Patch stories:
- Five Years After I-35W Collapse, Lakeville Has Safe But Problem Bridge
- Bridge Safety Report Card: How Does Burnsville Stack Up?
- MAP: Where Are Hudson's Bridges? How Safe Are They?
- Small Bridge Near Target Ranks as St. Louis Park's Worst
- In Light of 35W Bridge Anniversary: Are Oakdale Bridges Safe?
- Minnetonka's Bridges: Looking Safe and Sound
- More Than 70 Percent of Richfield's Bridges Rebuilt Since I-35W Collapse
- (MAP) A Guided Tour of Edina's Most Deficient Bridges
- Mendota Heights Area Bridges: How Do They Rate?
- An In-Depth Look at Lake Minnetonka Bridges on the Anniversary of I-35W Disaster