Don (markdoane) & I couldn't count how many times we've been across that bridge. This last weekend I hosted guests from Palo Alto who were at a Mpls. convention last week -- they crossed the bridge several times on sponsored sightseeing trips. Here's the location:
Of course, Google maps wouldn't show the up-to-date satellite view. The cause wasn't likely the deck maintenance -- it was the truss steel. Stay tuned for the NTSB conclusion in about a year. This bridge location has the last lock on the navigable Mississippi River channel. They lowered the water level 2' on the downstream dam today. Other dams in far north MN can be used to lessen flow but that could take a couple days.
Fatalities rest at 4, including the mother of the 2 heartbroken teens shown on national TV tonight. Tonight there are 8 people missing, including the driver of the burning semi truck.
Traffic will survive and use Hwy 280 which was used before I-35 was completed thru northeast Mpls. in the mid '70s.