UNSAFE BRIDGES: “The State’s Greatest Concern”

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The head of the Iowa House Transportation Committee says one of the state’s greatest concerns is bridge infrastructure.

A bridge in Guthrie Center collapsed Friday under the weight of a crossing tractor. Iowa ranks third in the nation for the most structurally deficient bridges. The average unsafe bridge is 69 years old.

State representative Josh Byrnes says the problem is a lack of state funding. He says the way to rebuild old bridges is to propose a fuel tax on state roadways.

“You’re actually collecting money from the people that use the roads. It’s the truest user fee. You actually get people from out of state that you’re collecting that user fee from because they stop in Iowa the fill up with gas.”

Byrnes says the state would need about 225-million dollars to keep up with bridge infrastructure projects.



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