VFW flag controversy: MnDOT compromises, will allow flag to fly above overpasses after all
|MnDOT is willing to compromise in hopes of satisfying veterans.|
Members of the Palmer Lake VFW were none too happy when MnDOT told them five American flags they'd flown for years over Brooklyn Park-area overpasses had to come down.
But just two days before a let-us-fly-the-flag-once-again rally was set to occur, MnDOT has backtracked and announced that it will allow the stars and stripes to fly above 11 bridges on Highways 610, 10, and 252.
From a MnDOT press release:
Recently, MnDOT required a private organization to remove U.S. flags that had been illegally placed on several bridges in the Twin Cities area. By law, MnDOT must remove any type of device, advertisement or obstruction placed by private organizations that could interfere with traffic. However, this removal of the flags triggered numerous complaints from the public, most suggesting that the U.S. flag deserves special consideration from state law.Now that's a reasonable compromise, don't you think?
In response to public concern, we took a closer look at this issue and concluded that, if MnDOT, not a private organization, purchases and installs the flags, the agency will continue to meet its safety and legal concerns, while being sensitive to public sentiment. In addition, MnDOT's installation will ensure that the flags are secure and that anything that comes loose would land away from the roadway. MnDOT is not willing to accept risk regarding roadway distraction or obstruction
Calls seeking information about whether organizers are still planning to hold Sunday's rally weren't immediately returned.