Design Tragedy in the Twin Cities
One social design issue here in the Twin Cities is the 35W Bridge. As we know from across the nation, the collapse of the architectural Bridge devastated many individuals and families.
On August 1st, 2007, just after 6:00pm, the bridge collapsed during rush hour. It killed four people, injured more than seventy-nine people and twenty were missing after dozens of vehicles fell into the Mississippi River.
Over the summer, I was in a program called Bridge to Academic for Excellence from June 17th to July 28th, 2007. The program is summer classes for incoming freshmen to get a head start in college and get to know how college life is like. But this is not the part; let’s get back to the topic.
Friends and families of mine knew I was in the program and knew that I stayed in Minneapolis in Centennial dorm. Not many knew that I went home on the 28th and once they found out about the collapse of the bridge, I was swamp with many phone calls asking if I was alright and if I had heard about the tragedy.
Today it is a social design issue because with the bridge all torn up; the major road accesses for many drivers are inaccessible and have to take detours. The government and bridge contractors are trying to figure out how to rebuild a new bridge with a better design so the collapse of the bridge will not happen again. The bridge shows that the bridge was design incorrectly in the first place and today, many bridge contractors need to figure out how to construct bridges that will be safe and convenient for many drivers in the Twin Cities.
According to CNN, construction took place on the bridge Tuesday night and was to take place again Wednesday night, according to the Minnesota Department of Transportation. The highway would have been restricted to a single lane in both directions from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. both nights. The bridge was undergoing re-decking work, but nothing structural was being done, U.S. Transportation Department spokesman Brian Turmail said.
With the new construction taking place right now, it take time and much money to re-construct the 35W bridge that meet the safety of citizens.