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Beyer Demands Answers on Memorial Bridge Funding and GW Parkway Safety

Amendments would require Trump Administration to detail plan to fully fund Arlington Memorial Bridge Repair, conduct safety study on GW Parkway

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Washington, September 6, 2017 | comments

As Congress returned for its fall session ahead of a September 30 deadline to pass legislation to fund the federal government, Rep. Don Beyer introduced appropriations amendments relating to transportation safety for two roadways vital to Northern Virginians.

“Arlington Memorial Bridge and the George Washington Parkway are essential hubs for my constituents in Northern Virginia,” said Rep. Beyer. “Unfortunately, like much of the country’s infrastructure, these historic roadways have not been maintained sufficiently. We need prompt action by the federal government to guarantee the continued safety and reliability of these key transportation arteries.”

One of the amendments would require the Trump Administration to submit a report to Congress outlining a plan to fully fund repairs to Arlington Memorial Bridge, used by over 60,000 drivers every day. Beyer successfully led efforts to secure $90 million for bridge repairs last Congress, but additional funding is needed. Text of that amendment is available here.

The other amendment would require the Secretaries of the Interior and Transportation to submit a study evaluating possible measures to increase roadway safety on the George Washington Parkway in Alexandria, Virginia. The parkway, which falls under the jurisdiction of the National Parks Service, has been the subject of growing public safety concerns in recent years. Text of that amendment is available here.

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