4:50pm

Wed September 14, 2011
All Politics are Local

Paul Calls Bridge Repairs "Top Priority"

U.S. Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., received an emergency briefing from federal officials regarding the Sherman Minton Bridge on Wednesday. The bridge was recently closed after an inspector found a crack in the main load-bearing portion of the 50-year-old span, which connects Louisville to southern Indiana.

Paul says he spoke with Federal Highway Administrator Victor Mendez about what actions the government could take and says securing the bridge is a top priority.

“Kentucky’s transportation infrastructure—and the safety of those who travel in our state—is of utmost importance to me and I will continue to monitor this situation as a high priority,” he says. “I asked Administrator Mendez if the Federal Highway Administration had an emergency priority list for situations like this, and while they do not, I suggested they create one and put this project at the top of the list.”