Dem lawmaker calls for hearing on bridge safety

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Hahn said the Washington accident, which was followed by the collapse of a bridge in Missouri days later, should prompt Congress to provide more money for infrastructure. The second bridge collapse, in Scott, Mo., was reportedly caused by a collision between two freight trains underneath it that resulted in a support pillar being struck.

"I believe that we need to examine our nation’s investment in bridges," Hahn wrote.  Does [the Moving Ahead for Progress in 21st Century bill] direct bridge funding in the best manner to fix the bridges that need it the most? Or do we need targeted investment?"

Hahn said in her letter that she has introduced a bill, dubbed the "Bridge to Jobs Act," that would boost federal spending on infrastructure.  

"I recently introduced H.R. 1419 … which would provide critical funding to states to repair or replace bridges that have been deemed 'structurally deficient' by the Federal Highway Administration," she wrote.

Hahn called for the measure to be considered in the hearing she was suggesting.

"While thankfully no one was killed in the collapse of the I-5 Bridge, the event was a stark reminder that our country has to get serious about addressing its ever increasing infrastructure needs," she wrote.

"Leaving these bridges in their current state of disrepair poses a grave threat not only to our safety, but to our economy," Hahn continued. "By holding a hearing focusing on the state of our nation’s bridges, we can begin to address the problem."