Minneapolis Greets New Bridge

Drivers queued up to see collapsed bridge replacement
By Ambreen Ali,  Newser User
Posted Sep 18, 2008 12:09 PM CDT
Construction workers put finishing touches with cement Monday on the new Interstate 35W bridge.   (AP Photo/Jim Mone)
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(Newser) – Festive honks awoke Minneapolis today as first responders to last year's bridge collapse led a procession over its newly-minted replacement. Drivers waved and passengers snapped photos as they rode over the 10-lane interstate at a creeping 10mph. Traffic was backed up for a mile after the bridge opened at 5am this morning, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.

"On city streets they've been queuing up all night," says an official. One early morning admirer says, "Man, that's a nice bridge."