Assembly Transportation Chair Frazier tours I-10 Tex Wash Bridge, Issues Statement

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Desert Center, CA – Assemblymember Transportation Committee Chair Jim Frazier (D – Oakley) today toured the I-10 Tex Wash Bridge to see first-hand the devastation caused by recent flooding. He issued the following statement:

“Seeing the devastation to the Tex Wash Bridge up close drives home the need for continued infrastructure inspection and improvement. The I-10 is a major goods movement corridor.  With nearly 40 percent of goods shipped through the country using this route, it is imperative that we do what it takes to keep our highways safe and trade corridors open.”

“This bridge collapse should be considered a clear warning sign to all of us.  Our aging infrastructure is under tremendous stress after years of deferred maintenance.  The Governor’s proclamation of a state of emergency will go a long way in allowing the impacted counties immediate access to much needed federal emergency relief funds.  However, all of California is in dire need of relief funds.  We owe ourselves a thoughtful, lasting approach to deal with our long neglected transportation and infrastructure maintenance needs.

“Last month Governor Brown called a special session of the legislature to address our annual multi-billion dollar transportation and infrastructure shortfall.  As chairman of the special session Assembly Transportation and Infrastructure Development Committee, I am working closely with my colleagues to develop a long-term sustainable funding solution for California’s transportation needs, with particular focus on highway maintenance and trade corridors.”