35W bridge collapse anniversary to pass quietly

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The second anniversary of the Interstate 35W bridge collapse in Minneapolis will pass this weekend without an official public ceremony.

A spokesman for Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak said Monday that no public event is planned for this Aug. 1, which falls on Saturday.

Jeremy Hanson said relatives of collapse victims and others tied to the tragedy indicated a desire to move on with their lives.

On Aug. 1, 2007, the 40-year-old bridge spanning the Mississippi River collapsed, killing 13 people and injuring 145.

A year ago, prominent Minnesota politicians joined hundreds of people near the site to reflect on the disaster. A new bridge opened to traffic the next month.

A monument is planned, but efforts to raise $1 million for construction and upkeep have moved slowly.

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