- Associated Press - Thursday, July 9, 2015

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - An attorney for the city of Minneapolis wants to sue the architectural firm that designed a memorial honoring the victims of the 2007 interstate bridge collapse.

Minneapolis City Attorney Susan Segal claims there are defects with the nearly $1 million memorial in downtown Minneapolis which was completed in 2011.The memorial has 13 steel beams and glass columns engraved with the names of the 13 people killed in the collapse. The cascading water on a wall inscribed with the names of the survivors has been turned off for several years, Segal said.

“Unfortunately, I think it was in the second year that the memorial was open that there were issues found with the water element,” she said. “The water has been off at the memorial ever since, except for I think perhaps the anniversary each year.”

When the water is running, it appears that it’s not being recycled like it should be, which has caused erosion to the bluff behind the memorial, Segal said.

On Friday, Segal will ask the City Council for permission to file a lawsuit, she told Minnesota Public Radio News (https://bit.ly/1JWfn2P ). If she receives approval from the council, the lawsuit likely will be filed in the next couple of weeks.

“We’ve been in contact with the insurance carriers for Oslund and Associates and others involved in the design and we haven’t been able to come to a successful resolution yet,” Segal said. “We now feel it’s appropriate to put the matter into litigation.”

The designer, Oslund & Associates, did not immediately return a call seeking comment.

A settlement fund negotiated between the survivors and families of bridge collapse victims and the URS Corporation paid for the $900,000 memorial and remembrance garden, according to the city.

“It’s important to the city that this memorial be a fitting memorial to honor those who died during the bridge collapse, and those who were impacted by the bridge collapse,” Segal said.


Information from: Minnesota Public Radio News, https://www.mprnews.org

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