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Travel Impacts and Adjustment Strategies of the Collapse and the Reopening of the I-35W Bridge


  • Nebiyou Tilahun
  • David Levinson

    () (Nexus (Networks, Economics, and Urban Systems) Research Group, Department of Civil Engineering, University of Minnesota)


On August 1st, 2007, the I-35W bridge crossing the Mississippi river fell into the Mississippi river. In addition to the human tragedy that it caused, the bridge failure also impacted how people moved in the area. The bridge carried 140,000 cars daily. As such it required a significant amount of traffic find new routes to reach their destinations. Traffic impacts may also have led to changes in mode, time, or some trips being foregone. Those who changed routes were not just the ones that previously used the bridge. With the I-35 traffic using alternate routes, those who saw or anticipated higher traffic also found it necessary to re route their trips. In this study we ask a sample of people that were recruited for another study, if their travels had been impacted by the failure of the bridge, how they coped and what impacts it had on their travels and other activities.

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  • Nebiyou Tilahun & David Levinson, 2008. "Travel Impacts and Adjustment Strategies of the Collapse and the Reopening of the I-35W Bridge," Working Papers 000055, University of Minnesota: Nexus Research Group.
  • Handle: RePEc:nex:wpaper:i-35w-travelimpactsandadjustmentstrategies

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    1. P.B. Goodwin, 1977. "Habit and Hysteresis in Mode Choice," Urban Studies, Urban Studies Journal Limited, vol. 14(1), pages 95-98, February.
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    I-35W Bridge; Minnesota; Minneapolis; Travel Behavior;

    JEL classification:

    • R41 - Urban, Rural, Regional, Real Estate, and Transportation Economics - - Transportation Economics - - - Transportation: Demand, Supply, and Congestion; Travel Time; Safety and Accidents; Transportation Noise
    • R48 - Urban, Rural, Regional, Real Estate, and Transportation Economics - - Transportation Economics - - - Government Pricing and Policy
    • D63 - Microeconomics - - Welfare Economics - - - Equity, Justice, Inequality, and Other Normative Criteria and Measurement


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