MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — MnDOT will install U.S. flags on a number of bridges along Highway 610 and Highway 10 in the northwest Twin Cities metro Friday (today), according to Transportation Commissioner Tom Sorel.

MnDOT and the Palmer Lake VFW in Brooklyn Park had been feuding with MnDOT over the placement of American flags on overpasses.

“Recently, MnDOT required a private organization to remove U.S. flags that had been illegally placed on several bridges in the Twin Cities area,” Sorel said. “By law, MnDOT must remove any type of device, advertisement or obstruction placed by private organizations that could interfere with traffic. However, this removal of the flags triggered numerous complaints from the public, most suggesting that the U.S. flag deserves special consideration from state law.

“In response to public concern, we took a closer look at this issue and concluded that, if MnDOT, not a private organization, purchases and installs the flags, the agency will continue to meet its safety and legal concerns, while being sensitive to public sentiment. In addition, MnDOT’s installation will ensure that the flags are secure and that anything that comes loose would land away from the roadway. MnDOT is not willing to accept risk regarding roadway distraction or obstruction.”

The U.S. flag will be installed on 11 bridges along Highway 610, Highway 10 and Highway 252. For more information, click here.