Silence, solemnity to mark 1-year anniversary of bridge collapse

  • Article by: MARY LYNN SMITH , Star Tribune
  • Updated: July 16, 2008 - 8:48 AM

It collapsed at 6:05 p.m. on Aug. 1, killing 13 and injuring hundreds.

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sasha477bJul. 15, 0810:20 PM

GOD BLESS THEM ALL

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sominnguyJul. 16, 08 6:39 AM

I know that there will be a celebration when the bridge finally reopens, and in a way I find it upsetting. The bridge collapse should have --never-- happened in the first place, and to hear someone from MnDot or the Governor laud the opening is a little to much. With all the documentation that the Star-Tribune came up with, someone wasn't doing their job. We all bemoan the problems about money, but the infrastructure in the state, the country for that matter, has been neglected to long. The engineers did their job by "rating" the bridge. The people in charge at MnDot did not do their job very well. And the Legislature and Governor(s) (this goes back a long way) failed the people of Minnesota. We, as citizens of this state failed as well. No one like to pay taxes, yet we all want the immenities. Good roads, good schools, etc. They all come with a price. We were just too late.

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kristianjlJul. 16, 08 8:11 AM

"Smart Bridges" story that begins with the Minneapolis collapse tonight on NOVA scienceNOW at 8PM on tpt.

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joe1701Jul. 16, 08 8:21 AM

sominnguy, with all the investigators came up with it turned out to be a design flaw, or did you miss that? I'd trust an independent investigation's report more than I'd trust this paper that is just looking for someone to blame.

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mnhockey99Jul. 16, 08 8:26 AM

I think it is great that we are honoring the victims of this senseless tragedy.. but I hope the media doesn't make it a Minnesota version of the 9/11 tragedy.

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mbaumhoferJul. 16, 08 8:44 AM

I totally disagree with you "sominnguy" we do pay our taxes and are one of the highest taxed states in nation, it is the leaders of this state that have made the wrong decisions with what we should use the money for, the politicians that argue instead of representing us, our selfish self serving poloticians and state administrators are to blame for this catastrophe. And joe1701 I understand your point but design flaw or not the investigation found that engineers did report issues and nothing was done, the is the administrations fault for not doing something about it...period. On another note, we should REMEMBER that tragic day and support our community and those that have suffered and those that perished that day. But we also need to APPLAUD the construction team for a job well done, they are way a head of schedule and what I see of the work it looks great, they have accomplished so much in a short time. I dont want to hear any windbags talk about they get a bonus, they deserve it, it was worked into the contract buy the administration and that is that, business is business and they did the job required and did it in a fashion that reflects great work and commitement to Minnesota as a whole.

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sam61iamJul. 16, 08 9:46 AM

I agree - we should remember. We should also celebrate our newest bridge - they say a much safer design than the previous one. RE: Bonuses: very common in large construction projects: Bonuses if they finish early, penalties if they finish late.

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pfbramJul. 16, 08 9:48 AM

There's a definite philosophical distinction between builders and maintainers in our society. The builders seem to have a demonstrable/binary challenge: build a bridge or don't, go to the moon or don't, etc. The "maintainers" can coast along, doing nothing, play the disappearing money trick, etc. until some disaster (space shuttles, 35W bridge, New Orleans, etc.) reminds them that although human societies tolerate a huge amount of neglect, physics does not.

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MairinJul. 16, 0811:50 AM

True, bonuses for early completion are standard in the construction industry. However, it's interesting to note that (1) the out-of-state construction company that's doing the work is already getting paid millions more for it than the amounts several Minnesota companies bid on the project; (2) those millions include money specifically set aside to "spin" the project; and (3) early completion lets Gov. No avoid the political black eye of having delegates to the convention which just might nominate him to be Vice President of the United States be confronted with the physical evidence of the result of his relentless "we don't need to spend money on anything that's already there" philosophy (I'd say "no new taxes", but taxes to build baseball stadiums are obviously OK, where taxes to maintain and repair essential infrastructure are wasteful frippery).

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