Here are some of the most interesting perspectives on the 35W bridge collapse that I have run across in the last few days:
Cell phone network sends ominous signals - Engineers at T-Mobile were alerted that something had gone wrong right after the bridge collapse. They hadn't heard the new yet but saw a sharp change in cell phone activity on their network.
Government spending collapsed as well - A graph of US government spending on infrastructure over the last 55 years.
Historians and engineers have a thing or two to learn from each other - An editorial from 2006 of the history of engineering disasters.
Bridges made from glass - A prescient report from the National Science Foundation on poor infrastructure and the future of bridge technology.