Clean-up to begin this week

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The Minnesota Department of Transportation (MNDOT) is taking over control of the site of the collapse of the I-35W bridge.

According to a MNDOT statement, the state agency will lead the recovery and clean-up efforts, while the federal National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) leads the investigation into the causes of the collapse.

Debris removal from the river channel will be “slow and tedious,” according to MNDOT. The contractor hired to do the removal is Carl Bolander and Sons of St. Paul. The company will begin moving equipment to the site today, with debris removal beginning later in the week.

They’ll begin with the debris on the land and then focus on the water. They’ll preserve the integrity of the site until all victims have been removed from the water.

Bolander and Sons will use four cranes for debris removal. One on each side of the river, one on a river barge and one at an unloading site.