WASHINGTON – With the Arlington Memorial Bridge as a backdrop, local, state and national leaders on Monday called for a renewed emphasis on investing in the nation’s infrastructure.
The bridge, now more than 80 years old, has deteriorated from corrosion. Lane closures in each direction may last into next year while repairs are underway.
“Please, look at this bridge,” said Rep. Don Beyer, D-VA. “Two lanes closed on one of the most important entrances to our nation’s capital.”
Speakers called the troubled and tired bridge symbolic of America’s infrastructure challenges generally.
Some estimates say 70,000 bridges in the country are structurally deficient.
“The solution is for Congress to be leaders and recognize the importance of infrastructure,” says Sen. Tim Kaine, D-VA. “Frankly, this one is not complicated and it’s not controversial.