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State considers what to do with remnants of 35W bridge

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Lawmakers are considering a bill that would specify priorities for how Minnesota should dispose of the remnants of the Interstate 35W bridge.

Lawsuits over the 2007 collapse of the Minneapolis bridge have been resolved, so the pieces are no longer needed. The Associated Press reports the bill at the legislature would give the Minnesota Historical Society first crack at claiming the mangled steel beams.

From there, the remains would be offered to survivors of the tragedy, which killed 13 people. Next, they would be offered to transportation safety agencies and to college engineering programs, with whatever is left being sold for scrap or melted down.

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