Designed and built in 11 months, while incorporating a progressive design of new technologies, the New I-35W Bridge is a bridge for the future. An emergency replacement, fast-track design/build project, this 10-lane interstate bridge was opened to traffic on September 18, 2008, more than 3 months early. The 504 foot main span across the Great Mississippi River was constructed in just 47 days. The new bridge incorporates many innovative and eco-conscious materials, including the first use of low-energy LED highway lighting in America, the first major use of a new pollution-eating cement in the gateway elements, and state-of-the-art smart bridge technology that monitors bridge behavior in real time and provides valuable feedback for the future of bridges. The elegant arching shapes, curved piers and white color create a bridge that fits in harmony with the surrounding site. Successful completion of this bridge achieved the Minnesota Department of Transportation's vision for quality, safety, and innovation. Winner of 25 design awards including the Number 1 bridge on Roads and Bridges 2008 Top 10 Bridges list.
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