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Rubio Applauds DOT Announcement for Critical Cape Canaveral Infrastructure

Jul 22, 2019 | Press Releases

Washington, D.C.  Today, U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) applauded the U.S. Department of Transportation’s (DOT) announcement to award Space Florida $90 million for a Fiscal Year (FY) 2019 Infrastructure for Rebuilding America (INFRA) grant to replace the Cape Canaveral Spaceport Indian River Bridge with new, twin high-level bridges. The bridge provides a critical link between Kennedy Space Center, Cape Canaveral, and State Road 405, especially in the transportation of significant payload components. With heavy traffic flows across the bridge expected to increase, replacing the bridge to accommodate future needs is paramount.
 “As the existing bridge nears the end of its service life, it is critical that we replace the Indian River Bridge to support the increased activity and the ambitious future mission launch schedules by commercial and government entities on Florida’s Space Coast,” Rubio said. “I was proud to support this application put forth by Space Florida in partnership with NASA, the Florida Department of Transportation, and the Space Coast Transportation Planning Organization. We cannot achieve our greatest aspirations in space without first providing the necessary infrastructure to ensure that Kennedy Space Center and Cape Canaveral can accommodate our booming space economy.”
This past Friday, July 19, the eve of the 50th Anniversary of the Apollo 11 Moon Landing, Senator Rubio, as Chairman of the Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship, held a field hearing titled, “Moon Landings to Mars Exploration: The Role of Small Business Innovation in America’s Space Program.”