ITS and the Role It Plays in a Disaster

The collapse of the I-35W River Bridge over the Mississippi River in Minneapolis during the late stages of the afternoon rush was a tragic event that took the lives of thirteen people and injured over a hundred more. There are many stories to tell related to bridge collapse including the role of emergency responders from the City of Minneapolis and other surround communities in the rescue effort, the ongoing investigation into the reasons for the collapse, and the rebuilding of the new I-35W River Bridge. This paper instead focuses on the role that ITS played in the immediate and long term response to the bridge collapse. The bridge collapse demonstrated the benefits of a comprehensive and large scale deployment of ITS in assisting in dispatching emergency crews as well as developing short and long term traffic control plans along the detour route.


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Media Info

  • Media Type: CD-ROM
  • Features: Figures; Maps;
  • Pagination: 10p
  • Monograph Title: ITS Connections: Saving Time. Saving Lives

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01144590
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Nov 1 2009 9:21AM