Bridge Bill Passed By Senate
Lawmakers worked late into the night to wrap up two major issues in its special session on the state's transportation needs including House Bill 2.
The bill was was held up for some time by the bickering over Bill 1. The 800 bridge project has been in the works for a year.
The repair is expected to cost between $400 and $600 million. When asked what makes the expenditure worthwhile, Senator Chuck Graham stated that Missouri has more bridges than any other state.
He and Senator Matt Bartle both mentioned a neglect for repairs of basic infrastructure, largely due to aggressive new development projects, and see this leaving Missouri vulnerable to accidents or malfunctions.
Transportation officials said the bill could set an example for other states in renovating the nation's infrastructure following the Minneapolis bridge collapse.
Senator Joan Bray of St. Louis County said she is worried the state is buying roads with what she calls a giant credit card, adding that interest may pile up into big payments down the road. Democrats also said that their priorities, including minimum wage and funding shortfalls, were left off the list.
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