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Legislative News and Views - Rep. Melissa Hortman (DFL)

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Wednesday, August 08, 2007
It has come to my attention comments I made shortly after the collapse of the I-35W Bridge have been taken out of context by some websites and talk radio hosts. In the hours immediately after the bridge collapse I stated that there were many potential causes to investigate, including terrorism, design flaws, poor maintenance and heat, and that all needed to be fully investigated. The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) also has said that there are multiple potential causes and that they will examine every possible cause in their investigation, including whether the expansion and contraction associated with Minnesota's extreme temperature swings may have been a factor. The effect of weather, not climate, was my concern, and is one of many issues the NTSB has gathered data on and will consider. Uncovering the cause of the I-35W bridge collapse in Minneapolis is of critical importance. This process should be thorough, methodical, and explore every potential cause. One week after this tragedy, there are still many unanswered questions. I believe we must focus our resources and efforts on determining the cause of the collapse. We must come together to make the changes necessary to ensure the safety of our bridges, roads, and infrastructure. This profoundly sad event brings us together in grief and resolve to do all that we can to prevent any such tragedy in the future. Sincerely, Melissa Hortman State Representative District 47B - Brooklyn Park / Coon Rapids Room 377, 100 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. St. Paul, MN 55155 tel. (651) 296-4280 email: