I'll never forget the day when the I-35 bridge collapsed in Minnesota. August 1st, 2007 is etched in my memory forever. 13 people died and 145 suffered injuries.
Way back in the day, the Twin Cities was my home and I traveled all over for work. That bridge was one of many that was part of my frequent commute. I can say with 100% certainty that I never once thought about the safety of that bridge prior to the collapse.
Since that tragic day, safety is now top of mind whenever I am near a bridge. I can't escape that fear that maybe, just maybe, the bridge I am about to cross really isn't structurally sound. The I-35 bridge collapse caused that - I know that - but it doesn't calm that anxiety as I venture onto a bridge, especially one that looks a bit on the sketchy side.
According to data from the Federal Highway Administration, there are several areas in Minnesota where repairs are needed on bridges.
LOOK: Counties with the most bridges in dire need of repair in Minnesota
I know funds are tight and it seems like there are a million levels of approvals that need to happen in order for a construction project to actually start, but if there is a bridge that is not safe in Minnesota, it needs to get fixed. No exceptions.
Most Dangerous Roads in the State of Minnesota
Accidents happen, that is a given, especially when we have thousands of deer that love to share the roads with us. But there are several roads in Minnesota that have more vehicular accidents than others in the state. Before you hop in the car and venture on that road trip, do a quick glance at the roads where you may want to give a little extra caution.