Part That Caused 35W Bridge Collapse Now In Minn. Collection

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Parts of a bridge that are already a painful part of Minnesota’s history are now a part of the Minnesota Historical Society.

Four large pieces of the 35W bridge arrived at the historical society Thursday, and they will become part of the society’s permanent collection.

They are the east-and west-facing gusset plates, the west-facing upper chord, and the west-facing lower chord, which come from the part of the bridge that first failed when it fell into the Mississippi River six years ago.

One of the gussets was identified by the National Transportation Safety Board as the one that caused the collapse, said Adam Scher of the historical society.

The society’s collection already includes many artifacts from the bridge and the school bus that was carrying 63 children when the bridge collapsed.

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