Lawmakers look to dole out bits of old 35W bridge

  • Associated Press
  • March 18, 2013 - 3:42 PM

ST. PAUL, Minn. - State lawmakers are moving to create a plan for disposing remnants from the Interstate 35W bridge collapse.

The Senate Transportation and Public Safety Committee passed a bill Monday that would set up a pecking order for who can claim pieces for free.

The bill would give the Minnesota Historical Society first chance to claim pieces. From there, parts would go to survivors and others most directly affected by the collapse; transportation safety agencies; and college engineering programs. A House committee passed a similar bill last week.

The Minneapolis bridge collapsed on Aug. 1, 2007, killing 13 people and injuring 145.

Sen. Ron Latz, a St. Louis Park Democrat who authored the bill, says some survivors have asked for pieces of steel as mementos. The state normally sells off surplus assets.

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