Minnesota's continued reliance on engineering consultant URS Corp. and paving company PCI is drawing attention amid a slew of lawsuits filed by collapse victims, the state and the contractors themselves.
It's been two years since the collapse of the I- 35W bridge in downtown Minneapolis. In that time, Minnesota and other states have become more rigorous about managing their bridges, and researchers are learning how to help design better bridges for the future.
The state of Minnesota has filed a lawsuit against its primary consultant on the Interstate 35W bridge, which collapsed Aug. 1, 2007, killing 13 people and injuring 145.
The Minnesota Court of Appeals has
rejected a challenge to the state's decision to award the contract
for the new Interstate 35W bridge to a Colorado contractor.
Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak's office said Monday that no public event is planned for this Aug. 1, the second anniversary of the bridge collapse.
The memorial to those killed in the
Interstate 35W bridge collapse has a long way to go before construction, because planners are well short of their $1 million fundraising goal.
The designer of the ill-fated 35W bridge in Minneapolis has asked a judge to keep it out of lawsuits stemming from the 2007 collapse.
The St. Cloud City Council has chosen a name for the new Highway 23 bridge over the Mississippi River. The city council picked the name "Granite City Crossing" for the bridge that will replace the DeSoto bridge.
The state of Minnesota courts have released a list detailing the exact compensation that each of the 179 35W bridge collapse victims will receive.
Everyone who was on the bridge when it fell qualifies for up to $400,000, although people whose injuries and losses were more severe could get additional money.
Lawyers for more than 100 bridge collapse victims say the National Transportation Safety Board reached the wrong conclusion about the 35W bridge collapse.
A contractor that's being sued over the
Interstate 35W bridge collapse says the state and an engineering firm should be defendants in the case as well. Progressive Contractors Inc. is seeking to make the others cover any damages it might incur.
Minnesota finance officials are required
to disclose details this week on how much the state has spent so
far to compensate victims of the Interstate 35W bridge collapse.
The engineering firm and the construction
company that worked on the Interstate 35W bridge before it collapsed are asking a judge to dismiss parts of four lawsuits from victims.
The National Transportation Safety Board's report mirrors what
the board said at the end of a two-day public hearing last month:
that a design error was the probable cause.