In memory of those who were lost in the 35W Bridge collapse, flags are at half-staff throughout the state of Minnesota on August 1.
Five years ago today, August 1, changed the lives of many in and around Minnesota, and ultimately influenced the procedures for bridge inspection and maintenance, as well as taking note of design flaws in the bridge. On August 1, 2007 at 6:05 PM – right in the middle of rush hour – the 35W Bridge in Minneapolis, Minnesota collapsed into the Mississippi River, killing 13 people and injuring 145 others.
Governor Mark Dayton has ordered all flags throughout the state of Minnesota to be flown at half-staff in honor and remembrance of the lives that were lost of those in the collapse. Additionally, Governor Dayton wants “to offer continued sympathy and support to affected families and communities; and to thank and recognize the police officers, fire and rescue personnel, and other first responders.” Several observances are taking place to commemorate the event, including a late afternoon program by the Mill City Museum in Minneapolis coinciding with the timing of collapse five years ago.
A new state of the art bridge now stands in place where the old 35W bridge once stood. The new bridge opened on September 8, 2008, just over one year past the anniversary of the collapse – and well ahead of the December 2008 schedule.