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Survivors Await 35W Bridge Collapse Memorial

Minneapolis Bridge Collapse
(Photo by Joshua Adam Nuzzo/U.S. Navy via Getty Images)

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – Survivors of the Interstate 35W bridge collapse say they’re relieved the frustrating wait for plans to build a memorial is over.

Brent and Chris Olson, of White Bear Lake, were on a section that didn’t collapse in 2007. They came to a gathering Thursday where plans were unveiled.

The downtown Minneapolis memorial on the Mississippi River bluff will have 13 LED-lit beams – one for each victim who died in the collapse. A wall of cascading water will feature the names of the nearly 150 survivors and a path to an observation deck will provide a view of the new 35W bridge.

A $1.5 million legal settlement tied to the collapse will pay for construction and upkeep.

It’s set to open Aug. 1, the fourth anniversary of the collapse.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

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