July 24, 2008(Key vote)
Title: National Highway Bridge Reconstruction and Inspection Act
Vote Smart's Synopsis:
Vote to authorize $1.01 billion for the 2009 fiscal year to rebuild structurally deficient bridges on the National Highway System and to require states to devise plans for the replacement of such bridges.
Provides that all bridges on Federal-aid highways and all highway bridges on public roads must be inventoried in order to identify those bridges that are structurally deficient, determine the cost of replacement of the deficient bridges, and assign a risk-based priority list for replacement or rehabilitation of the deficient bridges (Sec. 2).
Provides that the Secretary of Transportation submit a report describing the process used to assign risk-based priorities to the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure and the Senate Committee on Environmental and Public Works no later than 18 months after the date of enactment of this act (Sec. 2).
Requires states to reevaluate bridges at least once every two years (Sec. 2).
Requires that within two years of the enactment of this bill states devise a five-year performance plan to inspect all bridges within the state, to replace or rehabilitate structurally deficient bridges, and to update the plan annually (Sec. 2).
Allows states that have demonstrated that there are no bridges within the state that are eligible for replacement to transfer the funds to other highway projects (Sec. 2).
Authorizes $1 billion for the 2009 fiscal year to carry out the replacement and rehabilitation of structurally deficient bridges on the National Highway System (Sec. 6).