Just to let everyone know that we were not in Minneapolis or in the Twin Cities yesterday, so we are not affected by the bridge collapse on Interstate 35W (Tagesschau report) yesterday. No family or friends of ours would be normally commuting on that highway during evening rush hour.
However I know the bridge and the neighborhood well. It crosses the Mississippi between downtown Minneapolis and the University of Minnesota, and I lived near the bridge in Southeast Minneapolis my first two years in college. Blogger DaveP lives in that neighborhood today.
Minneapolis like Hamburg is a city built on a river. You cross bridges over the river every day without giving it a second thought, taking it for granted. Thank God that due to road maintenance, only one lane was open on the bridge in each direction. It could have been a lot worse.