By Patrick Nunnally, Roberto Ballarini, Minmao Liao, Thomas Fisher
On August 1, 2007, simply after 6:00 p.m., in the course of the night rush hour in Minneapolis, the 1,900-foot-long, eight-lane I-35W bridge buckled and crashed into the Mississippi River. The incredible had occurred correct at the doorstep of the collage of Minnesota dual towns campus. a number of the first responders have been from the college, persevering in the course of chaos and disbelief. within the resulting weeks, study and engineering groups from the college reviewed the wreckage, hunted for factors, and commenced making plans for the long run. the town, the River, the Bridge represents one other set of responses to the catastrophe. Stemming from a 2008 college of Minnesota symposium at the bridge cave in and the construction of a brand new bridge, it addresses the ramifications of the catastrophe from the views of background, engineering, structure, water technological know-how, community-based journalism, and geography. individuals learn the standards that resulted in the cave in, the teachings discovered from the catastrophe and the reaction, the coverage and making plans adjustments that experience happened or are inclined to ensue, and the influence at the urban and the Mississippi River. town, the River, the Bridge demonstrates the University's dedication to matters that difficulty the group and stocks insights on public questions of urban construction, infrastructure, and layout coverage. participants: John O. Anfinson; Roberto Ballarini; Heather Dorsey; Thomas Fisher; Minmao Liao; Judith A. Martin; Roger Miller; Mark Pedelty; Deborah L. Swackhamer; Melissa Thompson.