FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

NLC Statement on Washington Bridge Collapse: Collapse Signals Need for Greater Infrastructure Investment

May 24, 2013

NLC President Marie Lopez Rogers, mayor, Avondale, AZ responds to Thursday's bridge collapse in Washington State:

"Yesterday's bridge collapse in Washington reminds us of the risk we take when we don't properly invest in our nation's infrastructure. For too long, as a nation we've neglected to invest in the basic infrastructure of our hometowns.

"The I-5 bridge collapse is yet another reminder that we are not meeting the country's growing infrastructure needs. Oversight, safety, and repair needs require a strong partnership between all levels of government: federal, state and local. We urge Congress and the Administration to make the nation's transportation system, and how we finance it, an immediate priority."

The National League of Cities is dedicated to helping city leaders build better communities. NLC is a resource and advocate for 19,000 cities, towns and villages, representing more than 218 million Americans.

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