Blackburn Statement on I-40 Memphis Roundtable with Pete Buttigieg

June 3, 2021

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) joined Secretary of Transportation Pete Buttigieg and Congressman Steve Cohen (D-Tenn.-09), along with local industry leaders, in Memphis. 

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“The I-40 bridge closure affects not only Memphis and the Mid-South region, it affects the entire nation. I-40 is a coast-to-coast federal interstate highway crossing our nation from North Carolina to California. This bridge situation deserves to have the full and immediate attention of the U.S. Department of Transportation and the Biden administration. The Memphis area is our nation’s logistics hub with road, rail, rivers, and runways located in the region, employing thousands who are responsible for moving goods and products across this country in a timely and safe manner. It is appropriate that the Secretary join us today, and we look forward to a timeline for appropriate mitigation of this situation,” said Senator Blackburn. “We know that various federal agencies will be required to move this project forward to completion quickly. I thank our Tennessee Department of Transportation and Commissioner Bright for his responsive leadership and attention to the issue.”