$10 million to go towards Mount Hope Bridge repairs
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WLNE) — Rhode Island’s senator, Sheldon Whitehouse announced a new $10 million bill to repair the historic Mount Hope Bridge on Friday.
Whitehouse and U.S. Senator Jack Reed announced the bill after previously securing $82.5 million for their INFRA Grant program.
The Mt. Hope Bridge was first opened in 1929 and has undergone decades of breakages and loss of strength where commuters need it most.
The executive director of the Rhode Island Turnpike and Bridge Authority said it is critical that dehumidification of the bridge’s cables happens soon.
If not, the director warned that the cost of replacing the cables would total around $300 million in comparison to the $35 million needed for dehumidification.
They further explained that replacing the bridge all together would cost a staggering one-billion-dollars.
Whitehouse took to Twitter to express his gratitude for Reed and their affiliates in their effort to restore safety to the bridge.
Allocations are still being made to find the remaining $25 million needed for repairs to commence.