Work begins on Remembrance Garden for
I-35W bridge collapse victims

Crews have begun construction of a memorial to the victims of the 2007 collapse of the I-35W Bridge in Minneapolis. The Remembrance Garden will be completed later this summer and officially dedicated on August 1, the fourth anniversary of the disaster.  

The Remembrance Garden is being built on a bluff overlooking the Mississippi River, right across West River Parkway from Gold Medal Park in downtown Minneapolis. The site is on City park land and the memorial will be maintained by the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board.

Minneapolis worked closely with survivors and family members to establish a location and plan for a memorial to remember the victims of the I-35W Bridge collapse. The Remembrance Garden will feature a plaza of 13 beams, each with a name of one of the 13 people lost etched in the beam’s opaque glass face. There will also be a water wall featuring the names of everyone who was on the bridge when it collapsed. A path will lead from the fountain to the edge of the bluff, where an observation deck will let visitors view the river and the new bridge through the trees. 

Construction of the $900,000 Remembrance Garden is being paid for through a fund set up as part of a negotiated settlement between the survivors and families of bridge collapse victims and URS Corporation. The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board provided the park land.

Published May 12, 2011