Construction co. settles bridge collapse lawsuits

MINNEAPOLIS — Attorneys say a construction company that was working on the Minneapolis bridge when it collapsed in 2007 have settled lawsuits filed by victims.

MINNEAPOLIS — Attorneys say a construction company that was working on the Minneapolis bridge when it collapsed in 2007 have settled lawsuits filed by victims. Progressive Contractors Inc. was doing resurfacing work when the bridge collapsed, killing 13 people. Hennepin County Judge Deborah Hedlund, who approved the settlement Friday, said financial terms wouldn’t be released. It affects approximately 130 people, one attorney said. Chris Messerly, an attorney for victims, says the families believed the settlement was in their best interests. An attorney for PCI confirmed the settlement in a joint news release and said it settled for the maximum under its insurance policy. A federal investigation blamed faulty design as the key reason for the collapse, but it also noted that the weight of construction materials was a contributing factor. Copyright 2009 The Associated Press.

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