Senator Boxer Briefed On State's Roads, Bridges

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(Sacramento, CA)
Wednesday, August 15, 2007

Boxer says the recent Minnesota bridge collapse is an urgent wake-up call for California – and the rest of the country:

“I now have constituents saying when they’re on a bridge or an overpass they actually think about it.  That’s the test. Since when do we ever think about it?  We just assume they’re taken care of, and we better get back to that day, or government is failing us.”

Democratic Assembly Speaker Fabian Nunez took part in Boxer’s briefing.  He told her the state hasn’t done a thorough enough job inspecting its bridges.  There are more than 16-hundred bridges in the state labeled “structurally deficient” by the federal government.  But Caltrans Director Will Kempton says they’re all safe.  After the briefing, Boxer said she didn’t yet have enough information about California’s roads and bridges.