As plans get going for a new bridge to replace the one that collapsed into the Mississippi, we asked people on StarTribune.com for their ideas on how the bridge should memorialize the 13 victims. These are excerpts of some of their responses at the online forum. To add your ideas, go to www.startribune.com/bridge.
Ultimately this was a big traffic accident and does not need to be memorialized any more than any other traffic accident. Replace the bridge and find out what needs to be done to prevent it from happening again.
ASK THE FAMILIES
The victims and families of those who died should have the first say over how they want the bridge collapse memorialized.
NAME: MEMORIAL BRIDGE
Why not call the new bridge Memorial Bridge in honor of those who lost their lives?
NOT STATE'S JOB
If the victims want a memorial, they can spend their time figuring that out. The gov't has other more important things to be doing right now since a memorial is a bit of a too little, too late effort. Let them get moving on something that can affect the future. Bummer on being insensitive, but this is a case now of 400,000 affected drivers, not to mention success of business large and small versus maybe 4,000 friends of family of those who suffered tragedy.
A SIMPLE PLAQUE
A plaque on the new bridge (or by the new bridge) with the victims' names on it.
I believe they should design a garden on both sides of the river where the new bridge will be built.