Bridge Still a Threat Days After Collapse

Price tag for removing wreckage likely to approach $15M
By Wesley Oliver,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 5, 2007 4:26 PM CDT

(Newser) – A final report on the specifics of the Minneapolis bridge collapse will be delayed because of the continuing danger the wreckage poses to investigators, a federal official says, and local authorities project that the cleanup will cost as much as $15 million. The report will examine claims the bridge had been wobbling days before Wednesday’s collapse, the Star Tribune reports.

The state transportation department disclosed the probable price tag in announcing today that the cleanup will begin by the end of the week. The crews' first priority will be recovering bodies, and the project may take months because each piece of debris must be cataloged for investigators' use. "It's going to be a slow tedious process," says the project manager.