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New Interstate 35W bridge to open

Gov. Tim Pawlenty and other politicians gathered on the nearly completed Interstate 35W bridge Sunday morning to announce when it would reopen, the Star Tribune reported.

The bridge could be accessible as early as Tuesday.

What officials can't determine yet, however, is how traffic flow on the bridge will compare to the past. The new bridge could see more cars, fewer cars or the same amount, David Levinson, a University of Minnesota engineer who has been studying metro travel patterns after the collapse, said. "That, I think, will be an interesting thing to watch."

140,000 cars passed the old bridge every day, but after the collapse, there was only a 90,000 increase on other bridges that cross the river.

The opening of the new bridge will reduce congestion in other areas, particularly during morning and afternoon commutes.