NEWS RELEASE ISSUED BY THE OFFICE OF U.S. SENATOR ROY BLUNTBlunt, Casey Introduce Bipartisan Bill To Increase Funding For Bridges In Missouri & Nationwide
WASHINGTON, D.C. – As states struggle to upgrade their bridge systems across the country, U.S. Senators Roy Blunt (Mo.) and Bob Casey (Pa.) today introduced a bipartisan proposal to increase funding for bridges owned by counties and municipalities.
Blunt and Casey’s bipartisan bill could increase bridge investment by for these so-called “off system” bridges by approximately 10 percent. During last year’s transportation bill, Blunt and Casey successfully teamed up to add additional funds to these bridges and this legislation will renew that effort.
“Bridges and infrastructure are critical to our economy, and Missouri leaders and business owners continue to express a strong need for more certainty in infrastructure planning to expand and attract new businesses,” Blunt said. “I’m pleased to work with Senator Casey again to help provide rural communities and job creators nationwide with the tools and resources they need to plan for the future and encourage economic development.”
“Investing in our state’s crumbling bridges will create jobs and ensure our counties and municipalities have safe and reliable transportation systems,” Casey said. “This commonsense, bipartisan approach to investing in our infrastructure has a proven track record of success and I’m pushing for Congress to support this effort.”
Off-system bridges are not on the Federal-aid highway system. Instead, they are found on public roads that are owned and operated by local governments. There are over 590,000 bridges in the United States, and more than fifty percent are off-system. More than one out of every four off-system bridges across the country is structurally deficient or functionally obsolete. Of those, thirty-five percent are functionally obsolete.
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