New I-35W Bridge to Open this Week
The re-opening of the Interstate 35W bridge will happen sometime this upcoming week. The bridge collapsed August 1st, 2007 and left 13 dead. It has been closed off for transportation since then.
According to both the MinnPost.com and the Star Tribune articles, the bridge could open up as soon as Tuesday.
The Star Tribune article went on to talk about possible problems with traffic and people changing their routes of transportation now that the bridge will be open once again. The MinnPost.com article did not go into any depth of what could happen with traffic or other potential problems with the opening of the new bridge.
The Star Tribune article also talked about how "hot spots created by the detours should ease" now that the bridge will be open. The article also talks about how they are uncertain of how much traffic will actually be seen on the I-35W bridge because gas prices have risen quite a bit since August of 2007 and less people are driving, or people have found new routes to their destinations and may like their particular route better than their old one of going across the old bridge.
The MinnPost.com article is very short and doesn't give much information about other things that are involved with the opening of the new bridge while the Star Tribune article has other aspects of the re-opening of the I-35W bridge peppered throughout the article.
Star Tribune article: http://www.startribune.com/local/28376624.html?page=1&c=y