McConnell, Yarmuth, Young and Fischer to Tour Sherman Minton Bridge

by Gabe Bullard on September 16, 2011

Inspectors have been surveying the damage on the Sherman Minton Bridge for over a week, and Saturday, they’ll be joined by a group of elected officials.

Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer, Senate Minority Mitch McConnell and U.S. Representatives John Yarmuth and Todd Young will join federal and state transportation officials on a tour of the bridge. Afterward, they’ll discuss their findings with the media to update the public.

It’s not clear how severe the damage on the 50-year-old span is or whether it can even be repaired. Whether McConnell, Yarmuth, Young and other lawmakers will be able to secure federal funding to repair or replace the bridge is also unclear. The issue has been a frequent topic of discussion since the bridge closed last week.

McConnell will appear on NBC’s Meet the Press Sunday. He’s expected to discuss President Barack Obama’s upcoming visit to a crumbling bridge between Ohio and Kentucky. The president is promoting his jobs plan, which calls for increased spending on infrastructure. McConnell has been critical of the plan.

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