As soon as we heard the news that the 35W bridge collapsed, we started checking in with friends. We are grateful all are ok. About 2 hours after collapse, we headed down to the east river bank.
Not surprisingly, by that time, most of the roads and paths were blocked.
We even tried walking down on the east bank of the river, but that was taped off as well.
We climbed the stairs down to the river bank. The Hennepin County Sherrif's Office had set up their east bank river rescue operation near the University of Minnesota Boat House.
We took some photos of emergency rescue workers, but couldn't get close enough to capture images of the bridge.
We were sweating bullets just walking around. It was steamy hot and humid. These guys were melting.
Some emergency crews were zipping towards the rubble using the river for access.
This is a flickr map of where we were at when we snapped our photos.
Click here to see the google map image of the bridge. We drive under the bridge on the West River Parkway almost everyday.