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President Obama to visit Delaware, I-495 bridge next week

President Barack Obama will visit Delaware next week to check-in on the I-495 construction in Delaware.

U.S. President Barack Obama returns from a 3-day visit in California, to the White House in Washington on May 9, 2014. Credit: REUTERS U.S. President Barack Obama. Credit: REUTERS

President Barack Obama will visit Delaware next week to check-in on repairs of the I-495 bridge.

According to The News Journal, Obama is expected to visit on Thursday to take a first-hand look at the damaged interstate highway bridge in Wilmington in his quest to push his transportation infrastructure agenda.

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His visit will be another stop in his campaign to highlight the importance of investment in transportation infrastructure, the newspaper reported.

The bridge was shut down on June 2 for $35 million in emergency repairs to columns supporting the Christina River bridge.

Obama has called on Congress in recent weeks to push more road, port and bridge projects forward. He has also called on Congress to renew the Highway Trust Fund before it empties.

USA Today reported last week that with construction plans ahead of schedule the southbound lanes could re-open several weeks before Labor Day.

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