Designed and built in 11 months, while incorporating a progressive design of new technologies, the New I-35W Bridge is a bridge for the future. An emergency replacement, fast-track design/build project, this 10-lane interstate bridge was opened to traffic on September 18, 2008, more than 3 months early. The 504’ main span across the Great Mississippi River was constructed in just 47 days. The new bridge incorporates many innovative and eco-conscious materials, including the first use of lowenergy LED highway lighting in America, the first major use of a new pollution-eating cement in the gateway elements, and state-of-the-art smart bridge technology that monitors bridge behavior in real time and provides valuable feedback for the future of bridges. The elegant arching shapes, curved piers and white color create a bridge that fits in harmony with the surrounding site. Successful completion of this bridge achieved the Minnesota Department of Transportation’s vision for quality, safety, and innovation. Winner of 5 design awards including the Number 1 position on Roads and Bridges 2008 Top 10 Bridges list.