National Geographic airs I-35W documentary Thursday

Briana Bierschbach

A National Geographic documentary about the building of the new Interstate 35W bridge airs Thursday night, according to the Associated Press. “Twin City Bridge: After the Collapse” follows almost the entire bridge construction process. A film crew interviewed many who were involved in the planning and construction of the new bridge. “[The documentary] tells the remarkable story of a nearly quarter-billion dollar project that was conceived and realized in little over one year,” according to a National Geographic blog post. “This achievement was made possible by creative approaches to planning and red-tape (without jettisoning environmental concerns) and through equally innovative construction practices. But ultimately it is the inspiration and sacrifice of the thousands of men and women who worked on the project that brought it to completion.” The new bridge opened last September, just a year over the original collapsed into the Mississippi River, killing 13 people and injuring 145. The program airs at 7 p.m. on the National Geographic channel.