8/3 Morning Communiqué

THESE DAYS

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid says he is ready to help Minneapolis build a new bridge over the Mississippi River, and he'll help the state find $250 million for the work.

With the the bulk of the nation's highway system having been built in the 1950s and 1960s, MIT professor John Ochsendorf predicts incidents like the I-35W bridge collapse could become more common.

MINNESOTA BLOG OF THE DAY

Metroblogging Minneapolis is posting traffic changes, an open thread, and other updates related to the bridge collapse.

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(NOT) TIME WASTERS

Slate Explainer: How do you check the structure of a bridge?

How you can help the local Red Cross

2005 report card grading America's infrastructure

FREEDOM OF SPEECH

"The bridge was collapsing. The car bounced on the pavement. It was bouncing. Then we finally stopped in that position, right on the edge. We got out, and there was a car actually wedged underneath my car. The road in front of me disappeared. There was nothing but cars, but then there was nothing in front of me."

— Houston resident Dennis Winegar, recalling to City Pages the collapse of the I-35W bridge


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