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The collapse of the Francis Scott Key Bridge in Baltimore is not the first deadly collapse of a major interstate bridge in the US. Comparisons can be drawn to the collapse of the I-35W bridge in Minneapolis in 2007, as both incidents resulted in significant loss of life and economic impact. The I-35W collapse led to the swift response of the Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT), which conducted inspections of all truss bridges in the state and established a plan to repair and replace structurally deficient bridges within 10 years. The federal government also provided emergency funding for Minnesota, leading to the construction of a new bridge in just 13 months.

The collapse of the I-35W bridge in Minneapolis cut off a major transportation artery for the Twin Cities, impacting economic output and causing concerns about traffic congestion in the state. While there were fears of massive traffic jams, the economic impact was ultimately less severe than anticipated, showcasing the adaptability of the community. The new bridge was completed in just over a year, far faster than expected for a typical infrastructure project, demonstrating the benefits of quick response to bridge failures.

The I-35W Saint Anthony Falls Bridge in Minneapolis was completed in record time, opening in mid-September 2008, with minimal economic impact due to the efficient response of MnDOT and the federal government. The collapse of the Key Bridge in Baltimore may cause significant disruptions to traffic and commercial flow, as the closure of the nation’s ninth-busiest port will impact shipping routes. Businesses may also be affected by the collapse, with some potentially closing due to decreased customer traffic and economic viability.

The I-35W bridge collapse in Minneapolis resulted in a range of $71,000 to $220,000 in economic losses per day, but quick implementation of traffic restoration projects by MnDOT had the potential to save road-users significant costs. Evaluating the economic impact of the collapse was complicated by the broader financial crisis that occurred around the same time. Critical infrastructure vulnerabilities should be addressed to prevent future incidents, as bridge collapses can have far-reaching economic and social consequences.

The collapse of the Key Bridge in Baltimore should serve as a reminder of the importance of maintaining and addressing vulnerabilities in critical infrastructure. Swift response and efficient planning can help mitigate the economic and social impacts of bridge failures. The lessons learned from the I-35W bridge collapse in Minneapolis can provide a roadmap for Baltimore moving forward in addressing the aftermath of the Key Bridge collapse and ensuring the safety and resilience of critical infrastructure in the future.Governments should work together to prioritize infrastructure projects and emergency response plans to prevent similar disasters in the future.

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