Oh yes, it’s done.
To much fanfare and tribute, officials conducted a pre-dawn crossing of the bridge (both in the north bound and south bound lanes) for the first time today, Sept. 18, 2008. That’s just 13 months and 17 days after the old bridge collapsed. An amazing feat.
I, personally, don’t use the 35W bridge frequently. Once, maybe twice a year. It’s still good to know that people can come together and get something done – quickly – for the good of everyone involved and in tribute to those who lost their lives in a purely avoidable tragedy.