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35W Bridge Collapse Affects Law School

Map of proximity of collapsed 35W bridge to Law School

The collapse of the Interstate 35W bridge over the Mississippi River is a tragedy that has occurred very near to the Law School. The initial rescue and recovery efforts, as well as the long term rebuilding process, will no doubt affect the Law School for some time. We will be collecting information and resources on this page as it becomes available.

Our thoughts go out to any members of the Law School or broader community who have been directly or indirectly affected.

10th Avenue Bridge to reopen on Friday, Aug. 31
"The 10th Avenue Bridge over the Mississippi River will reopen Friday, Aug. 31. The bridge will carry one lane of mixed use traffic in each direction, as well as a bike lane in each direction. The existing pedestrian sidewalk will also be open and a viewing platform has been created on the west side of the bridge overlooking the I-35W bridge collapse site. This bridge should NOT be used as an I-35W detour."

Maps:
Two printable maps for getting to the Law School are now available, one for those traveling from the north and east (I-35W southbound, I-94 westbound, Hwy 36), and one for those traveling from the south and west (I-35W northbound, I-94 eastbound). Both maps are PDFs, ~1.5 MB.

Official University of Minnesota web page on the collapse:
http://www.ur.umn.edu/~home_dev/09_emergency.php

Law Library information:
http://blog.lib.umn.edu/lawlib/lexlibris/
2007/08/law_library_open_today.html

City of Minneapolis traffic information:
http://www.ci.minneapolis.mn.us/traffic/
and detailed road map, including pedestrian/bicycle trail closures: (PDF)
http://www.ci.minneapolis.mn.us/news/inset.pdf
Please refer to the City of Minneapolis website link above for additional closures not indicated on the map. For example, pedestrian and bicycle traffic on the 9th Street pedestrian bridge (a.k.a. the "Dinkytown Bikeway Connection") is closed until further notice.

Minnesota Department of Transportation:
http://www.dot.state.mn.us/
and detour map (PDF):
http://www.dot.state.mn.us/hottopics/35wDetour.pdf

Parking:
Surface parking lot C86 on the north side of Mondale Hall remains open, and as of August 2nd could still be accessed from both the Seven Corners area as well as the West River Parkway. The Seven Corners Municipal Ramp (labeled as the "Holiday Inn Ramp" on some maps) remains open to contract and hourly parking.

Buses:
Metro Transit has not announced any changes to bus routes that serve the Law School area. Washington Avenue remains open and Metro buses continue to stop at their regular West Bank stops. The University of Minnesota has not yet announced plans for the Washington Avenue Bridge Circulator, which does not run during summer session. This route used to pass over the 10th Avenue Bridge, which is now closed.