All the freeway message boards are displaying notices like:
35W AT MISSISSIPPI RIVER
TAKE ALTERNATE ROUTE
...which, while technically accurate, is also something of an understatement. Do they think that we're all going to have nervous breakdowns if they mention WHY it's closed? Are there teams of lawyers telling them not to actually use the words "BRIDGE OUT" because it might somehow make the lawsuits even worse?
I don't know why exactly this bothers me every time I see it. It might be because it gives the situation the feeling of an elephant in the room. The bridge came down, people died, life for the next few years is going to be vastly different for those of us who live around it. We need to just face it and deal with it, instead of cautiously picking words in an attempt to pretend it isn't there.