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1 year later

August 1, 2008

thinkin’ a lot about the folks that died or got hurt when the bridge fell 1 year ago today (@ 6:05pm)….  doesn’t seem like much as has changed – bridges are still falling apart, the politicians are still arguing.  business as usual it seems.

the bridge then
the bridge then

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

while driving home tonight i was listening to mpr (like usual) – was actually getting choked up at the stories.  like this story of a mother and son who ran towards the bridge when it fell, and worked for the next 12 hours to help the children off the school bus, get water and ice to the victims and the emergency personell.  it was a humbling and harrowing story.  you can listen to it here.

but i was left with a few questions, did they die in vane?  will the infrastructure in america ever get fixed?   seems like it’s just business as usual.

the bridge today - one month from being finished
the bridge today – one month from being finished

mood: somber.

“structurally deficient” bridge drops concrete on car below

July 27, 2008

yup.

it’s official.  bridges in minnesota are falling down.

the latest news – the maryland avenue bridge over i35-e, a bridge rated as “structurally deficient” (just like the i35-w bridge that fell last year) dropped “pieces of concrete” on 2 cars below yesterday.  the piece of concrete, estimated to be 6 feet by 9 feet, and 1 inch thick, weighing 1,200 pounds.  thankfully no one was injured this time. 

cb and i were at the area just after it happened, traffic got snarled and we diverted off the freeway and went over the maryland avenue bridge.  without any knowledge of what was happening below.  talk about freaky.

boy i love mn-dot.