WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH) applauded the ongoing efforts to reopen the Brent Spence Bridge, which was damaged in a fire last week. The U.S. Department of Transportation’s (DOT) Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) has awarded a $12 million grant to help make critical repairs to Brent Spence.

Brown also made clear that Ohio has waited too long for the federal funds needed to fully replace the Brent Spence Bridge. President Trump promised a $1 trillion infrastructure bill in 2016 and failed to deliver. This year, a Senate transportation bill that stalled because of Trump’s lack of leadership included more than $3 billion for bridge repairs that could help bridges like Brent Spence. Brown vows to work with the incoming Biden administration and Senate Republicans to get this job done, and secure the funds needed for a new, modern, and safer bridge.

“I’m grateful to all the first responders and workers for their round-the-clock efforts to repair and reopen the Brent Spence Bridge. This horrible accident is a reminder of how vital the Brent Spence is to Ohio’s economy – roughly 3 percent of our nation’s GDP crosses Brent Spence each year,” said Brown. “This initial $12 million for repairs is a step in the right direction, but we have waited too long for a new, safer bridge. The Senate’s transportation bill that stalled this year because of President Trump’s failed leadership on infrastructure included more than $3 billion for bridge repairs that I proposed with Sen. Portman. Now, it’s time to get to work with the incoming Biden administration to get this done. We need to secure the funds to finally build a new, modern Brent Spence.”

Brown, ranking member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs, continues to advocate for strong transportation infrastructure. In 2018, he introduced his Bridge Investment Actcalling for significant investments in bridge repair projects.

Last year, Brown led his Senate colleagues in successfully securing the Bridge Investment Act in the Environment and Public Works (EPW) Committee Highway package. His bipartisan bill establishes a competitive grant program to assist the repair and replacement of deficient and outdated bridges and ease the national bridge repair backlog.