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New Harmony Bridge's future may rest with bi-state commission

The U.S. House has approved a measure that could help reopen the New Harmony Bridge. 

The House unanimously passed The Restore Harmony Way Bridge Act.

The bill’s author, Congressman Larry Bucshon, said in a statement that the federal law that led to the two-lane bridge’s construction back in 1930 also prevented it from being refurbished and reopened by the states of Indiana and Illinois.

Officials closed the bridge in 2012 because of structural issues.

But Bucshon says the new act will convey the structure to the New Harmony Bridge Bi-State Commission established by Indiana and Illinois.

He says it will allow the states to manage the bridge and “write the next chapter.”

U.S. Senator Todd Young has introduced the Restore Harmony Way Bridge Act in the Senate.

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