Congressman DeSaulnier’s Statement on Passage of Final Highway Bill
Washington, DC – Congressman Mark DeSaulnier (CA-11) issued the following statement on the passage of the joint House and Senate 5-year highway funding bill, which includes a measure authored by DeSaulnier to protect the public from faulty guardrails. The bill passed the House 359-65 and now moves on to the Senate. President Obama is expected to sign the bill in the following weeks.
“This multi-year bill will provide billions in funding certainty for California that is crucial for state and local agencies to make urgent repairs to our aging roads, bridges, and transit systems. I am pleased my provision to protect drivers from dangerous guardrails by identifying defective devices in our nation’s roadways was included in the final bill. This measure was a response to the tragic injuries and the loss of life caused by these faulty mechanisms, like in the case of Bay Area resident and football star Darryl Blackmon, which has resulted in a multi-million dollar judgment and extensive media reports. I will continue working with my colleagues to ensure transportation funding is spent in a manner that prevents infrastructure projects from experiencing cost overruns and significant delays that cost taxpayers millions of additional dollars,” said Congressman DeSaulnier.
Congressman DeSaulnier is a Member of the House Oversight Subcommittee on Transportation and Public Assets.