Thursday, October 11, 2007

DeAngelo, Kodet criticize I-35W bridge design process
MnDOT chose a contractor before it allowed public comment on the design of the new I-35W bridge, scheduled to be completed by the end of 2008. That's one of the complaints architects and others have about MnDOT's choice of Flatiron Construction.

"It seems like the public input is pretty well controlled and restricted to simple things like color and shape," said Tom DeAngelo, president-elect of Minnesota AIA in the Star Tribune earlier this week.

The same article quoted Minneapolis architect Ed Kodet as saying the design "borders on a disgrace because it doesn't really have enough inspiration to serve as a memorial."

However, the Pioneer Press says architecture critic Larry Millet has "no complaints" about the design and that the bridge's location doesn't bode well for a showcase project. Meanwhile, the Star Tribune editorial board calls it a design to "respect more than love."

To comment on the bridge design, complete this MnDOT form. You may want to view both options (A and B) here.

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