WASHINGTON (KAIT) - Congressman Marion Berry on Thursday voted in favor of legislation to inspect and repair the nation's structurally deficient bridges. HR 3999, the National Highway Bridge Reconstruction and Inspection Act, will create stricter new bridge inspection standards and authorizes additional investments for reconstruction of structurally deficient bridges. Arkansas could receive approximately $12 million from the bill which authorizes a total of $1 billion through the 2009 fiscal year. The House passed the bill by a vote of 367 to 55.
According to the U.S. Dept. of Transportation, Arkansas currently has a total of 43 structurally deficient bridges on the National Highway System, including 14 within the First Congressional District.