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URS Settles Minnesota Lawsuit Over I-35 Bridge Collapse

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URS Corp., San Francisco, has settled a lawsuit by the Minnesota Dept. of Transportation on all claims by the state over the collapse of the I-35 bridge spanning the Mississippi River in Minneapolis on Aug. 1, 2007. The settlement was for a reported $5 million. URS was hired by the state to inspect and recommend action on state bridges, including the I-35 bridge. The company denies any wrongdoing or fault in the matter and says the settlement lets it “avoid the cost and time of further litigation with the State.” It points out that the National Transportation Safety Board concluded the collapse was the result of a design flaw and that URS was not involved in the design of the bridge. The settlement does not affect ongoing personal-injury litigation by the victims of the collapse.

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