ROCHESTER, New Hampshire (CNN) - In direct response to the bridge collapse in Minnesota, Sen. Hillary Clinton, D-New York, called for a series of initiatives Wednesday to improve America's bridges, highways, tunnels, and other infrastructures.
Clinton said America is facing an "infrastructure crisis" saying, "something is very, very wrong when, at the dawn of the 21st century, in the richest country on earth, people are actually nervous about driving over bridges for fear that they'll collapse."
Sen. Clinton announced the plan during a speech in Rochester, New Hampshire one week after the Minnesota bridge collapse that killed five people with eight still missing.
The initiative includes a $10 billion fund for infrastructure repairs over the course of 10 years, a $250 million grants program to allow states to inspect bridges like the bridge in Minnesota, and a $1.5 billion increase in federal funding for public transit.
– CNN Political Researcher Xuan Thai