Dylan Thomas

Pawlenty plan for bridge includes LRT

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Bush declares I-35W collapse emergency, releasing federal funds

Gov. Tim Pawlenty said yesterday that he instructed the Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) to construct a new 35W bridge capable of supporting light rail transit (LRT).

The collapse of the eight-lane bridge Aug. 1 during rush hour killed at least 13 people and sent about 100 vehicles into the Mississippi River. With the recovery of the last known victim Monday night, state officials were optimistic debris removal could accelerate.

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