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Senator Calls For Bridge Funding Amendment
New information today regarding the possible replacement of the Brent Spence Bridge.
A legislator from Ohio took to the floor of the US Senate today to call for a change that could speed up funding for the replacement process.
Local 12 News Reporter Larry Davis explains Senator Rob Portman's actions today.
In a pitch to his senate colleagues, Senator Portman said this should be a non-controversial amendment... one that prioritizes the replacement or repairs to functionally obsolete bridges, like the Brent Spence.
Senator Portman pointed to the fact that the Brent Spence Bridge was built fifty years ago.
He also pointed to safety problems such as the narrower lanes and lack of shoulders for cars to pull off on in the event of emergencies.
Portman's amendment would prioritize the bridges that need to be replaced and would produce funds that would support a highway trust fund which he says has been stretched too far.
In addition to the safety issues, Portman pointed to the congestion problems. He says the Brent Spence produces three point six million hours in delays a year.
Portman received support from Maryland Senator Barbara Mikulski who pointed to a recent accident on a bridge in her state which saw a woman tailgated and pushed off the bridge. Fortunately, she survived. The price tag for replacing the bridge has been set at two point seven million dollars.
Helping pay for the bridge by having drivers pay tolls has been met with mixed reaction here in the Tri-State.
A senate committee approved the measure.