Steel from Minn. bridge that collapsed in 2007, killing 13, to be given to survivors, others

  • Article by: BRIAN BAKST , Associated Press
  • Updated: July 31, 2013 - 7:37 PM

ST. PAUL, Minn. — A legislator wants a chunk of the collapsed interstate bridge to remind him of the dangers of neglected infrastructure. Survivors have sought the crumpled steel as mementos of that deadly day in Minneapolis six years ago on Thursday. Civil engineering instructors and historians see value in the wreckage, too.

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scubadoo68Jul. 31, 13 1:05 PM

Giving away pieces of the bridge as souvenirs seems kind of disrespectful to me. Giving it to engineers or using it to make a memorial seems more appropriate.

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forpeopleJul. 31, 13 1:45 PM

I still cannot forgive Mn/DOT staff for callously neglecting to raise the red flag on the many bridge problems in Minnesota. The deaths and injuries that occurred when this bridge collapsed need not have happened.

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boris123Jul. 31, 13 3:06 PM

The endless memorialization of all things related to death. Its kind of like gay fatigue - gay "news" never ends. Just say no and move forward with your lives. A chunk of steel, a flag, a cross in a ditch etc. are symptoms of inability to cope with life. Its not your chunk of steel. It the state's and it should be recycled for repurposing. Cemeteries & headstones are designed for such memorials.

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jimmyjames76Jul. 31, 13 3:24 PM

They should plant one of those beams in Pawlenty's front yard. One of the many gifts he gave us as governor.

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Dares1Jul. 31, 13 4:04 PM

Surprised at some of the negative comments here. If someone directly affected by the bridge collapse wants a piece of the bridge, why should anyone care what the exact reason is? I drive over that bridge often and I'm grateful every day I wasn't on it when it went down.

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twincitizen1Jul. 31, 13 4:09 PM

We need to raise the gas tax and index it as a percentage of the purchase, rather than a flat rate that pays for less and less every year. As inflation and the costs of construction rise, the real world value of the current gas tax goes down. In effect, the gas tax actually goes down every year, but you better believe that the cost of maintaining our roads and bridges does not.

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raygunrevoltJul. 31, 13 4:15 PM

I see the low-information voters and activists that are still blaming the bridge collapse on Pawlenty, Carol Molna, the lack of money, DOT inspectors, etc. This bridge did not collapse for any of those reasons and it is shameful of you to try to use that to suityour political agenda. This bridge fell due to a design flaw through a miscalculation by the design firm. The steel gusett plates that carried the bridges primary load bearing were too thin because of this error.

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boris123Jul. 31, 13 4:26 PM

Not sure why planting it Pawlenty's yard makes sense. The design flaw goes back to the 1960's. You might check your bias at the door prior to posting. In any case, I won't insult your intelligence by suggesting you actually believe what you posted.

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danvwmanJul. 31, 13 4:33 PM

What? MnDot engineers need to be reminded how important it is to have safe bridges and roadways. What kind of bs is that? They should give 120% everyday to keep the puplic safe. They failed us on this, that's the bottom line. On a side note MnDot failed again this summer.

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fisherboyJul. 31, 13 4:56 PM

@Jimmyjames76... Better idea yet is plant one of those beams in the capitol rotunda so every lawmaker sees this so they start doing their job and funding roads, bridges and worthwhile transportation projects rather than billions on trains and street cars at the metro area level.

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