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#46 SLBunge

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Posted 01 August 2008 - 11:23 AM

QUOTE(mongo_jones @ Aug 1 2008, 01:08 AM) View Post
can someone explain to me why people go up on the neighbouring bridge and gawk at the construction? are disasters the secular religion of our times?

I had no interest in going when it was a disaster site. But now that this huge, complicated construction project is going on I would find it interesting to watch.

That said, I haven't been to the site other than to drive by on University Ave.
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Posted 01 August 2008 - 12:47 PM

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can someone explain to me why people go up on the neighbouring bridge and gawk at the construction? are disasters the secular religion of our times?


Because there's not much else to do out there on the frontier?
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Posted 01 August 2008 - 12:57 PM

QUOTE(SethG @ Aug 1 2008, 08:47 AM) View Post
QUOTE(mongo_jones @ Aug 1 2008, 02:08 AM) View Post
can someone explain to me why people go up on the neighbouring bridge and gawk at the construction? are disasters the secular religion of our times?


Because there's not much else to do out there on the frontier?


Surely you jest:

Just as the 10 best days of summer (a.k.a. "Summer") are over:

http://www.aquatennial.com/

The internationally renowned knick knack fair begins:

http://www.uptownmin...s.com/art-fair/

And on its tail - 12 days of fun:

http://www.mnstatefair.org/index.lasso

Not much else to do... really.
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#49 SLBunge

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Posted 01 August 2008 - 01:27 PM

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The internationally renowned knick knack fair begins:

http://www.uptownmin...s.com/art-fair/

About the best description of that "event" that I have seen.
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Posted 01 August 2008 - 01:35 PM

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Those of us who live in the area have been incessantly reminded that it has been a year since the bridge collapsed.

One of the two new spans (Northbound, I think) was connected and poured complete last week and they intend to open all 10 lanes of the bridge in late September (at the longest point, the span is 500 ft). That will be one year from the date the DOT awarded the contract. If they make that date, the contractor gets a $27,000,000 bonus.


can someone explain to me why people go up on the neighbouring bridge and gawk at the construction? are disasters the secular religion of our times?

Just drop the word secular and I think you've got it.


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Posted 15 September 2008 - 09:42 PM

The replacement bridge is scheduled to open Thursday morning, 9/18 at 5am so it will be available for the morning rush. A convoy of state troopers will be the first to cross after the official opening.

If you are keeping score, that means that the cycle from collapse to rescue/recovery to design to bidding to award of contract to demolition to construction in 59 weeks. The construction took 340 days. The design-build construction company will get a $25,000,000 bonus for finishing well before the 12/24 deadline in the contract.

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