[Audio] 35W Bridge Opening Announcement Expected Monday, Klobuchar Aims at Improving Bridges
Monday will be a historic day in Minnesota. Governor Tim Pawlenty and Minneapolis Mayor, R.T Rybak, will announce the official opening of the I-35W Bridge which collapsed in August of last year. A press conference is scheduled for 11 a.m. Pawlenty and Rybak are also expected to unveil the design and location of a memorial to be built to remember and honor the victims of the bridge collapse tragedy.
Early this week, U.S Senator from Minnesota, Amy Klobuchar, spoke at Senate Environment and Public Works Committee hearing on her Bridge Reconstruction and Inspection Act. The legislation is a companion bill to Congressman Jim Oberstar’s bill that passed the House of Representatives in late July.
Nationally, the bill authorizes an additional $1 billion in funding for states to begin addressing the problem of structurally deficient bridges. Minnesota’s share of that funding is $7.3 million in fiscal year 2009.
Hear Klobuchar’s Comments: