When the I-35W bridge collapsed on Aug. 1, 2007, elected officials were stunned and appalled. They were angry and so were the residents of the state where the collapse occurred. All said they wanted immediate action. In the aftermath, transportation workers across the nation inspect bridges, and officials pledged increased funding for infrastructure.
Five years later, have the pledges for money and the anger about bridge safety resulted in enough repairs?
A story published July 30 in the Star Tribune says "bridge safety still lacks urgency."
The Pioneer Press, however, ran a report on the same day saying bridge repairs in Minnesota are on schedule, according to a Minnesota Department of Transportation timeline.
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