City marks 10th anniversary of bridge collapse

City leaders will commemorate the 10th anniversary of the I-35W Bridge collapse Aug. 1 with a dedication event at the City’s Emergency Operations Training Facility (EOTF). A piece of the bridge will be installed permanently outside of the facility.

Thirteen people lost their lives and 145 were injured when the bridge collapsed into the Mississippi River Aug. 1, 2007. Leaders will pay tribute to the victims, survivors and the first responders and others involved in the recovery effort. Local photographer Vance Gellert will also have photos on display of bridge collapse survivors during the open house planned for 1 to 3 p.m.

City employees who were involved in the recovery efforts are invited to attend the open house.

A Remembrance Garden near Gold Medal Park honors the bridge collapse victims and survivors. It features 13 steel pillars etched with the names of the people killed.

The Minnesota Historical Society is also commemorating the 10th anniversary of the bridge collapse by displaying items related to the tragedy. You can see a gusset plate from the bridge at the Mill City Museum in downtown Minneapolis from July 28 to Aug. 30. The National Transportation Safety Board determined that faulty design including too-thin gusset plates caused the bridge collapse. 

The emergency exit door of a school bus on the bridge at the time of the collapse is currently on display at the Minnesota History Center in Saint Paul as part of the museum’s “Then Now Wow” exhibit. The door includes signatures from the children and adults aboard the bus at the time of the tragedy.

 

Published Jul 25, 2017

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