On Labor Day I rode down to the bridge site with my friend Jason. I had made the trip once before, the weekend after the collapse, but at that time my camera’s batteries were dead and they weren’t allowing anyone close enough to see anything.
This turned out to be the weekend they opened the 10th Ave bridge that connects the east and west bank campuses of the University of MN.
The scene was chaotic at best. The absence of the interstate bridge had caused traffic to swell on either side of the river, and once the 10th Ave bridge finally opened one lane in each direction, the traffic began to bleed across.
Automobiles carried across suburbanites who’d ventured downtown attempting to get a peek at the wreckage, college students moving into student housing for the next day’s school opener, and I suppose, regular traffic that just happened to get caught in the entanglement.
It was 90 degrees outside, but there were at least as many people on foot or bike, than there were in autos. Those on foot had the advantage of getting up close to the edge of the bridge to view the mess below, while those in vehicles were disappointed with nothing but a view of people crowded up to the bridge edge.
Photos in the gallery taken in progression as I crossed from the south/east side to the north/west across the river.