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Anonymous asked in News & EventsCurrent Events · 1 decade ago

How will the bridge collape in Minnesota affect boating traffic?

Do a lot of ships use the Mississippi for transporting people/goods?

Just curious...

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago
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    I live about 5 minutes from it.

    You dont see a whole lot of boat shipping up here. We are pretty close to where the river starts. However, we blocked St. Anthony Falls, so the current has gone down. I am guessing there wont be much shipping tonight.

    Other than that, I dont see how they could get through. The bridge is down at both endsso there is a 400 foot chunk of highway just sitting in the river.

    The worst part is that 35W our major highway. Anyone who lives in the north metro, and has a job south of here has to cross that bridge (about 200,000 motorists a day). Our traffic has been rerouted to 280, which is a small two lane highway with a speed limit of 50 (as opposed to 65). Along come a horendous 6 months of commuting.

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  • 1 decade ago

    Ships do not use the Mississippi, barges do and so do other passenger boats. The area that will be affected will be limited to the area(s) surrounding the bridge between the dams on the river.

    I live near the Mississippi farther south, down in SE MN and the river is MUCH wider and MUCH deeper here, so the barges use up to 15 sections. Up there I think about all they could use was 1 to 2 sections, now they won't be using any for quite awhile in that area. I am sure that there will still be plenty of barge and boat traffic in my area until the river freezes over this winter.

    More or less, it will affect cars and trucks and trains way more. The bridge fell on the train that was underneath it and well, since there is no longer an I-35W bridge, which was used very heavily for not just commuters, but for other things, like the State Fair traffic and also for events at the Metrodome. As the person before me said, traffic is gonna be hell for a long time to come in that area.

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  • 1 decade ago

    The area of the Collapse- is pretty far up on the Mississippi. So I don't know if there's that much Barge traffic that far north. I DO think that all private boat traffic wil be stopped- for at LEAST- the rest of the year, -or until they can clear the bridge debris out of the river. It's going to take a LONG time- to make everything right again around there.. What a mess. :(

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  • 1 decade ago

    There is a dam there so I doubt it would affect any ships in that area.

    Honestly I think thats the last thing right now from peoples minds. That overpass is a major overpass there. Not only are people up set about the loss of lives and the many hurt. Many will have to will have to reroute their route to work/school/ and the city. Its gonna be crazy after this.

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Only people like you see carnage and death and destruction and wonder whether or not boating was effected.

    Wow you have a lot of class.

    There was a collapsed bridge there was dead bodies sitting on the river bottom do you think it affect the dams and the levees it was not a freight tributary there don't worry commerce was not affected.

    Why don't you ask how it affected the fishing?

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  • 1 decade ago

    I live close to it, the mississipi is too shallow here and there are dams all over the place, no freight ships use the mississippi, they are too big. as for the cleanup effort, it is expected to take at least 6 months to clean it up with the main focus on the river because it freezes, but it will be years to fully rebuild the 2,000 foot bridge.

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  • 1 decade ago

    The design of the bridge was atrocious to begin with -- roads meant to carry thousands of motorists on a daily basis, particularly during the rush hour, need to be held up with mega-thick columns and trusses of solid concrete, not flimsy metal trellis work. The Minneapolis DOT is going to face beau coup lawsuits in the coming years over this, the morons.

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  • SJK
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    1 decade ago

    i presume

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