NEW INFORMATION: Lawmakers look to dole out bits of old 35W bridge

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ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) -- State lawmakers are moving to create a plan for disposing remnants from the Interstate 35W bridge collapse.

The Senate Transportation and Public Safety Committee passed a bill Monday that would set up a pecking order for who can claim pieces for free.

The bill would give the Minnesota Historical Society first chance to claim pieces. From there, parts would go to survivors and others most directly affected by the collapse; transportation safety agencies; and college engineering programs. A House committee passed a similar bill last week.

The Minneapolis bridge collapsed on Aug. 1, 2007, killing 13 people and injuring 145.

Sen. Ron Latz, a St. Louis Park Democrat who authored the bill, says some survivors have asked for pieces of steel as mementos. The state normally sells off surplus assets.
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) -- Minnesota transportation officials might have to follow specific instructions from state lawmakers when disposing of parts from the collapsed Interstate 35W bridge.

A bill introduced Monday would create a disposal priority list. Internal agency discussions about the steel remnants from 2007 bridge collapse began after 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 those survivors and others most directly by the collapse, transportation safety agencies and college engineering programs.

Agency officials say they want to be sensitive and safe when getting rid of the components, which are now in a massive storage shed.

The bill would give the state protection from any liability due to things like effects of lead-based paint.

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