Bridge inspections, repairs on Hartford agenda

After last week's deadly bridge collapse in Minneapolis, Governor Jodi Rell is asking state lawmakers for an additional $60 million to inspect and repair Connecticut's bridges.

Of the state?s more than 5,000 bridges, the Department of Transportation says 12 are in worse shape than the one that collapsed in Minnesota - and eight of those are in southwestern Connecticut.

Rell's office says she'll ask the General Assembly to add the $60 million to the state bond package it will consider later this month or in September. That money would supplement the $40 million she's already requested.

House Speaker Jim Amann (D -Milford, 118th District) said lawmakers will be focusing on a plan called Fix-it-First. Amann said it?s something the Legislature has been working on all year.

He added that lawmakers can?t continue to fight with the governor for more dollars. ?It?s too bad a tragedy now woke up this governor to put more money in,? Amann said.

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