Thanks to the collapse of the 35W bridge just northeast of downtown Minneapolis, all of us in the Twin Cities will get to figure out just how stressed our transportation network can get when one major traffic artery is shut down. It’s bizarre to see a bridge that I’ve driven over hundreds (if not thousands) of times littering the bottom of the river. Highway 94 will get a hell of a lot more traffic on it for the next year or three while debris from the old bridge is removed and the new one is constructed.
I’ll be really, really curious to see if this event causes state & local governments to promote ridesharing and bus transit to try and take pressure off of 94 and other area freeways.
My personal work commute doesn’t leave Washington County, so I feel lucky that I’ll get to experience this as a spectator rather than a participant, as it’s going to be ugly for quite a while. My sister, who works at the University, won’t be so lucky I think.