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I-35W replacement makes rapid progress

Work on the new I-35W bridge in Minnesota was progressing rapidly this week. It will replace the structure that collapsed in August 2007 (NCE 9/16 August 2007).

All of the drilled shafts and piles for the main bridge are now complete and piers are taking shape on both sides of the Mississippi river.

The bridge is being built to an accelerated programme as the loss of the bridge is hitting motorists with £204,000 per day in extra commuting costs, and is costing the state of Minnesota £57,600 a day in lost economic output. Design and build contractor is a Flatiron-Manson joint venture and the designer is Figg Bridge Engineers.

It should be open in time for Christmas 2008 at a cost of £120M.

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