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Feds to Pay for Most of I-5 Bridge Repair

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WASHINGTON, D.C.- The federal government has agreed to pay for most of the repairs of the interstate bridge spanning the Skagit River.

Transportation Secretary Ray Lahood says the federal government will turn over more than $15,000,000 to help repair the I-5 bridge that collapsed.

Initially, the federal government had promised $1,000,000.

Washington state's share of the repairs will be about three-million dollars.

Just weeks after the interstate bridge spanning the Skagit River collapsed, a senate sub-committee Thursday held a hearing on the nation's aging infrastructure.

U.S. Senator from Washington State Patty Murray chairs the Transportation Appropriations Subcommittee.

The committee is assessing what needs to be done to ensure that bridges and highways nationwide are safe.

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