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Associated Press, Published September 09 2010

Minneapolis has design for I-35W bridge memorial

MINNEAPOLIS — City officials were to unveil their plans Thursday for a memorial to victims of the Interstate 35W bridge collapse that a spokesman for the mayor said should be ready for dedication by next August 1, the fourth anniversary of the disaster.

The memorial is planned for a site up from the west bank of the Mississippi River, just north of the new bridge and across the street from Gold Medal Park. The Minneapolis Park Board still has to sign off on the location.

An earlier design for the memorial called for 13 steel girders, one to represent each of the people killed in the collapse. John Stiles, spokesman for Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak, said the latest design has only slight modifications from the earlier one.

Rybak planned to show off the new plans at a Thursday afternoon news conference with Tom Oslund, the designer of the memorial, along with people injured in the collapse and family members of some victims. Oslund also had a hand in the design of the new bridge, and he designed Gold Medal Park next to the Guthrie Theater.

The push for a memorial got a boost when a recent legal settlement set aside $1.5 million for the cause. Prior to that, fundraising had been slow.

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