TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) _ A task force plans to release recommendations Monday for improving local government inspections of thousands of bridges in Kansas.
The task force's work is a response to the collapse last year of the Interstate 35W bridge in Minnesota, which killed 13 people.
The Kansas Department of Transportation, the Kansas Association of Counties and the League of Kansas Municipalities appointed the 19-member task force.
They plan to have a news conference at 10 a.m. Monday at the Transportation Department's offices in Topeka.
According to the department, more than 80 percent of the 26,000 bridges in Kansas are the responsibility of cities and counties. And department spokesman Steve Swartz says the task force was a way to redouble efforts to ensure timely inspections.
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