"The collapse of the I-35 bridge was a tragic reminder that we have failed to maintain the roads, bridges, and other public infrastructure that keeps our citizens safe and our economy strong. The American Society of Civil Engineers gave America’s infrastructure a grade of “D+” for 2017. According to the Federal Highway Administration, more than 130,000 of the nation's 600,000 bridges are either structurally deficient or functionally obsolete. Traffic congestion alone costs our country billions in wasted time and fuel. If our deteriorating infrastructure goes unaddressed, it will cost our economy nearly $4 trillion by 2025, leading to the loss of 2.5 million jobs. But if we address it, we can create millions of jobs. We need a 21st-century infrastructure network that meets the demands of our 21st-century economy, including safe bridges, modern highways, forward-looking public transportation, increased broadband access, and integrated planning decisions. I was one of the first Democratic senators to support the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act, which is a long-term transportation reauthorization bill that became law in December 2015. Minnesota will receive over $4 billion in funding for transportation over the five years of the bill. The FAST Act will provide $36 million in additional highway, bridge, and transit funding for Minnesota in fiscal year 2016 growing to a $107 million increase in fiscal year 2020."
Source: Candidate's Website 2019