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Minneapolis Bridge Collapse

Minneapolis Bridge Collapse Victim Lawsuits | Injury, Deaths | Fires, Victims, Bridge Collapse, Structurally Deficient, Under Construction

Minneapolis Bridge Collapse Victim Lawsuits

Minneapolis Bridge Collapse | Lawsuits, Lawyers | Injury, Deaths | Fires, Victims, Bridge Collapse, Structurally Deficient, Under Construction

Minneapolis Bridge Collapse

A bridge collapsed on August 1, 2007 in Minneapolis.  The eight-lane Interstate 35W bridge, a major Minneapolis artery, was in the midst of being repaired and had several lanes closed when it crumbled. The Minneapolis bridge collapse sent dozens of cars and possibly hundreds of people into the Mississippi River.  The bridge collapse took place at 6:05 pm, during evening rush hour.  Many of those on the bridge were heading to the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome for a Minnesota Twins baseball game. While it was not immediately clear how many people might be involved in the disaster, witnesses reported that there were between 50 and 100 vehicles on the Minneapolis bridge when it collapsed.

Television video reports showed a portion of the Minneapolis bridge in the middle of the river, with dazed commuters stranded on the section of Interstate 35 West bridge that was not submerged.  Rescue workers were using boats to bring people ashore, and divers were searching the water for victims.  At least one truck was on fire, and the scene was strewn with blocks of concrete and torn metal.

Commuters on the Minneapolis bridge had absolutely no warning prior to its collapse.  Tapes from a security camera were obtained by one television network and showed the north end of the bridge falling first, followed by the southern end.  The center of the bridge was in the water in less than four seconds.

Minneapolis Bridge was found "Structurally Deficient"

The Minneapolis bridge was built in 1967, and had last been inspected by the Minnesota Department of Transportation (MNDOT) in 2005.  According to the US Department of Transportation’s Bridge Inventory database, that inspection found the bridge “structurally deficient”, and the report recommended that it be scheduled for replacement. The Minneapolis Interstate 35W Bridge received a score of 50 in the evaluation, which means that a bridge might need to be replaced.  A 2001 report by the Minnesota University Center for Transportation Studies that evaluated the bridge’s trusses found evidence of many “poor fatigue details”.  At that time, the 2001 report concluded that the Interstate 35W Bridge in Minneapolis was not in danger of fatigue cracking, but it did recommend that the trusses be inspected every two years.  The 2001 report also said that certain high stress areas should be inspected every six months.   During a news conference the night of the collapse, Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty had said that the Interstate 35W Bridge had been inspected in 2005 and 2006, but that no structural deficiencies were found.

The Interstate 35W bridge that collapsed was under construction and had an MNDOT crew working on it at the time of the collapse. MNDOT maintained that the construction was “cosmetic” and consisted of resurfacing, and lighting and guardrail replacement.  At the time of the collapse, only two lanes were open on the bridge with bumper to bumper traffic jammed on the span.  Witnesses said they herd jackhammers in operation just before the Minneapolis bridge collapsed into a twisted pile of metal and concrete into the Mississippi River seriously injuring many people and possibly killing dozens more.

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Nov 14, 2008 | Parker Waichman LLP
Last year's Minneapolis Bridge Collapse, which killed 13 people and injured scores of others, was the result of design defects rather than a lack of maintenance.  According to the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), which met yesterday to issue a final draft report on the catastrophe, flawed gusset plates caused the I 35 West bridge to collapse under the weight of construction equipment that had been sitting on the structure at the time of the disaster.The Minneapolis Bridge...

Minneapolis Bridge Collapse Report Due Thursday

Nov 10, 2008 | Parker Waichman LLP
Later this week, federal safety officials will be discussing last year's Minneapolis bridge collapse that killed 13 people and injured 145 others.  The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) has scheduled a meeting for Thursday, where it is expected to release  a draft report identifying the cause of the I-35 West bridge collapse.  The Minneapolis Bridge collapsed on August 1, at 6:05 p.m. It was the height of Minneapolis’ evening rush hour, and cars were lined up...

Minneapolis Bridge Collapse Puts MNDOT under Microscope, as State Lawmakers Call for Probe of Agency

Oct 4, 2007 | Parker Waichman LLP
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Minneapolis Bridge Collapse Prompts Senate to Approve $1 Billion to Fix Aging Bridges

Sep 14, 2007 | Parker Waichman LLP, LLP
Six weeks after the Minneapolis Bridge collapse, the US Senate has allocated funds for replacing the doomed structure and has approved even more money to repair many of the nation’s other aging bridges.  But although the $1 billion set aside in the Senate’s new transportation funding bill for bridge repair might seem generous, it falls far short of the $65 billion needed to fix structurally deficient bridges around the country.   What’s worse, even this meager...

Minneapolis Bridge Collapse, Crumbling Infrastructure Discussed at Congressional Hearing

Sep 6, 2007 | Parker Waichman LLP, LLP
Construction workers on the collapsed Minneapolis Bridge were doing the wrong job.  That is what one construction industry expert told members of Congress at a hearing called to investigate the I-35 W Bridge collapse, as well as the poor state of the country’s long-neglected roads and bridges.Donald Kaniewski, legislative and political affairs director for the National Construction Alliance, a coalition of trade unions that included the union that represented the construction crew...

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