It has only been a year and nearly two months since the collapse of the 35W bridge, but as the Star Tribune reported, state transportation officials say the new bridge could open as early as Tuesday.
There was an imminent push to start the rebuilding of the bridge. The Minnesota Daily reported that before the bridge's collapse, an estimated 141,000 motorists used the bridge on a daily basis. Flatiron Construction, the company rebuilding the bridge, has worked diligently to ensure that the bridge will be done as quickly as possible for those motorists.
â€œWe have been working on various aspects of the bridge project simultaneously, things that would typically be done sequentially,â€? said Amy Barrett, spokeswoman for Flatiron Construction, â€œInvestment up front and additional equipment and labor allowed us to do more, using the same process on a shorter time span.â€?
MnDOT has also offered Flatiron Construction a hefty incentive to get the job done quickly. If Flatiron Construction finishes the bridge before Monday, they could receive up to $27 million dollars in bonuses.
Should future 35W motorists be questioning whether the desire for the speedy rebuilding of the bridge was priority over the quality of the bridge? MnDot and Flatiron Constructions say no. Jon Chiglo, the design build project manager for the bridge, said that the bridge's safety and quality came well before its speed.
According to MnDot, the new bridge "will be high-quality, safe and last for at least 100 years."