Have you ever been in the right place, at the right time? On August 1st 2007, I could not have been more blessed being in the right place. Through divine intervention or just plain luck I was not on the 35W bridge when it went collapsed into the Mississippi River. Even to this day, it seems surreal....How the hell does a bridge just fall down like that?
I normally take 35W home from work each day that I am in the office. I work until 5:45 and would hit the bridge between 6:00 and 6:05 PM (the time it went down). As I was leaving work that day, I was ticked off because of all the construction backing up traffic so I couldn't go my normal route. I grumbled and took an alternate way home pissing and moaning the whole way. It wasn't until I got home that I heard about the bridge from frantic friends and family calling to see if I was OK. If you only knew how thankful I was for the "annoying" construction.
It is hard to believe that it already has been a year since this tragedy. Staci and walked today at lunch and walked over the adjacent bridge. We got to see the new and hopefully improved bridge. The progress they are making is amazing and it is scheduled to open up next month. People have been working nonstop for almost a year to get this major artery back up and running. Although the dust has settled and it is no longer major national news, I often think about how horrible that day was. I feel so much sorrow for the families that lost loved ones yet so grateful that I got lucky.