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Continued: Phone call put brakes on bridge repair

According to the MnDOT timeline, engineers were scheduled to meet Aug. 20 to determine if inspections should continue or if they should go back to the plating concept. The bridge collapsed Aug. 1, leaving 11 people dead and two missing. The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating the accident and has made no preliminary finding on what may have caused the collapse.

Dorgan reflected on MnDOT's change of course when it came to steel reinforcements for the bridge.

"You can't help but ask yourself ... what should have been done differently," he said. "As an engineer you can't be at peace until the cause is found. And even then I have doubts that will bring peace."

Tony Kennedy • 612-590-5973 tonyk@startribune.com Paul McEnroe • 612-673-1745 pmac@startribune.com

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