Strides have been made to cut the backlog of 72,520 bridges that were considered in need of replacement or repair in 2007, the Star Tribune reports. But many fear that the scale of the nation's response has not been in proportion to the shock of an eight-lane interstate highway bridge dropping without warning in a major population center.
As the fifth anniversary approaches, the Star Tribune has updates on some of the survivors of the collapse.
Garrett Ebling has had a busy five years since his near-death experience in the collapse. He got married, had a son, opened a restaurant last year and recently became a published author, WCCO reports: