It’s hard to believe that tomorrow a full year will have passed since we first heard about the tragic collapse of the I-35W bridge in Minneapolis. We lost 13 lives that day when the state’s busiest bridge collapsed for reasons that remain uncertain.
From the immediate response of local law enforcement and first responders to the actions of the President to ensure the availability of $250 million to cover the costs of recovery and replacement, we have remained focused at the local and national level on rebuilding this vital connection in the heart of the city.
Though the replacement bridge is nearly complete, the memory of August 1, 2007 will never fade. As the anniversary approaches, I have the victims and their families in my thoughts, and I invite you to do the same.