Associated Press, Published March 11 2013
Bill lays out path to dispose of 35W bridge partsST. PAUL — Minnesota transportation officials would have to follow specific instructions from state lawmakers when disposing of parts from the collapsed Interstate 35W bridge, under a bill introduced Monday.
The bill would create a disposal priority list. Internal agency discussions about the steel remnants from 2007 bridge collapse began when the final litigation ended last fall.
The bill would give the Minnesota Historical Society first chance to claim pieces free of charge. From there, parts would go to survivors and others most directly affected by the collapse; transportation safety agencies; and college engineering programs.
Rep. Ryan Winkler, DFL-Golden Valley, said MnDOT was seeking authorization for the parts giveaway because the state usually sells off surplus assets.
“People want to commemorate things. It's like a memorial of some kind,” Winkler said.