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I-35 Bridge Opens with New Safety Features

As early as Tuesday, September 16, the new Interstate 35W bridge could open to traffic, according to the Minnesota Department of Transportation.

The bridge is made with safety features “no one has ever built before? including 300 sensors placed in the concrete which will monitor the bridge structure, according to WCCO.

The completed structure is to be “high quality, safe and last for at least 100 years,? the MnDOT said in a news release.

As the bridge opens to traffic, MnDOT will be monitoring the strength of the concrete, the movement of expansion joints and bearings, and other important signs through the installed sensors, reported the Pioneer Press.

Engineers will now have all the information on the bridge needed to identify warning signs in real time instead of photographs every two years.

“It’s safe to say this is one of the more- or most- instrumented bridges in the nation,? said the MnDot project manager, Jon Chiglo in a Pioneer Press report.