Our Infrastructure Is Just Fine, Thank You!

UPDATE: It was I-35W in Minneapolis. 

MSNBC is reporting that a freeway bridge spanning the Mississippi River in Minnesota has collapsed.  The whole damn thing.  At 6:05 pm on a workday.

4 Responses to “Our Infrastructure Is Just Fine, Thank You!”

  1. Songbird says:

    Scary as hell.

  2. Kathy says:

    The pictures are just terrifying, although by some miracle the injury count is relatively low so far. Guess those won’t be definite for a while.

  3. Brian says:

    It’s a bit hasty to jump to the conclusion that this incident is a sign of crumbling infrastructure as your post title implies. The news reports I’ve heard suggest that there was construction taking place at the time, which implies the opposite of a neglected infrastructure. A more reasoned conjecture might be that the construction crew inadvertently exposed/created a weakness in the structure. Regardless, it is a terrible accident.

  4. Kathy says:

    Brian, I didn’t use the word “crumbling”, you did. I would consider a structural weakness in an interstate bridge to be an infrastructure problem, wouldn’t you?

    From one of this morning’s news reports:

    In 2005, the 40-year-old bridge had been rated as “structurally deficient” and possibly in need of replacement, according to a federal database. The span rated 50 on a scale of 120 for structural stability in that review, White House press secretary Tony Snow said.

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