Minn. I-35W bridge wreckage can be moved from park

Published 10:28 am Friday, August 20, 2010

Associated Press

MINNEAPOLIS — The state now has permission to move the steel wreckage from the collapsed Interstate 35W Bridge out of a nearby park.

The twisted steel girders have been stored at Bohemian Flats for more than a year. They couldn’t be moved because they were still considered evidence in lawsuits against the companies involved with the bridge’s design, inspections and repairs.

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But park officials complained that the wreckage was costing them about $60,000 in lost revenue each year. The park is a popular site for canoe launches.

A Minnesota Department of Transportation spokesman tells the Minneapolis Star Tribune a court has granted the state permission to cut the wreckage into moveable pieces and store it in Afton.

The bridge collapsed three years ago, killing 13 people.