PHOENIX (3TV/CBS 5) - A bill to fund the construction of a bridge over Tonto Creek passed the Arizona state House of Representatives with strong bipartisan support Wednesday.

[WATCH: Bill that would pay for bridge over Tonto Creek passes the House]

Rep. David Cook (R-8) introduced HB 2056, which authorizes $15 million from the general fund for the Arizona Department of Transportation to construct a bridge in the Tonto Basin between the Bar X and Store crossings in Gila County, according to a statement from Cook. No start date has been put forth should the legislation pass the Arizona State Senate.

[RELATED: Family of kids washed away in Tonto Creek ask AZ lawmakers for new bridge]

In January, Gov. Doug Ducey asked the federal government to provide money to build a bridge. The Tonto Creek project in Gila County has been denied federal funding in the past but is an “excellent candidate” for a federal grant, Ducey said in a letter to Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao.

[RELATED: Governor seeks US funding for bridge after kids die in Tonto Creek]

The governor added that since 1995, eight people have died crossing Tonto Creek when it was flooded, including the three Rawlings children who were swept away after Thanksgiving last year.

[READ MORE: Tragedy in Tonto Basin renews calls for bridge over creek]

[MORE COVERAGE: TRAGEDY IN TONTO CREEK]

 

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