Mar 15, 2008

Piecing It Together

After the I-35W bridge collapsed on Aug. 1, 2007, the NTSB and MNDOT took over Bohemian Flats, a low area on the west bank of the Mississippi River just downstream from the U of M and the bridge, to lay out the peices of the bridge and do the forensic work on what caused it to come down.

Molly and I rode up there today to get a few pictures since the snow is now melting. I wish these had turned out better, but it's what I've got.

The amount of wreckage is very impressive. We crossed the Mississippi on the Franklin Ave. bridge and rode up the St. Paul side so we could look down and across the river at the scene. The West River Road is still closed north of Franklin Ave., and will be until the replace-ment bridge is complete, but you can get close enough on the south end of the work site to see the twisted beams.

It ended up being a slightly chilly 17.5 mile ride, but Molly got a new bike today so it was a fine day for its maiden voyage.

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