MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — 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.
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.
Information from: Star Tribune, http://www.startribune.com