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Mayor Fischer in Washington D.C. to discuss Sherman Minton Bridge

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LOUISVILLE, KY. (WDRB) -- Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer was in Washington, D.C. Monday to discuss both the Sherman Minton Bridge closing and the Ohio River Bridges Project.

The mayor was meeting with Federal Highway Administrator Victor Mendez.

Fischer was part of a delegation that toured the bridge Saturday.  Sen. Mitch McConnell, R-KY, Rep. John Yarmuth, D-KY, and Rep. Todd Young, R-KY, were also part of that delegation.

Transportation officials say they found "other issues" with the Sherman Minton Bridge, but no one would provide details on the latest damage reports.

The bridge was shut down Sept. 9 after inspectors found cracks in a load-bearing beam. An inspector's report is expected to be complete in two weeks.

While the delegation promised federal dollars, spending is a contentious issue in Washington, and how much money will be available is unclear.

Once the inspector's report is complete, the two states will then have to decide if the bridge needs to be repaired or replaced entirely.

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