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Brown calls for money to fix highways and bridges

Published: Mon, July 7, 2014 @ 11:18 a.m.


U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown is calling for Congress to act fast on a long-term transportation bill in order to provide the money needed to fix America’s highways and bridges.

Congress is currently considering a six-month transportation bill to provide $8 billion for the next six months. But Brown, a Democrat from Cleveland, said a six-year bill is needed.

Brown blamed Tea-Party conservatives for delaying the process.

If the federal transportation bill isn’t reauthorized, critical road and bridge projects — including those in the Mahoning Valley — will be delayed, Brown said.

At a press conference today near the construction site of U.S. Route 224 and Interstate 680 in Boardman, a $5.8 million project that received 80 percent of its funding from the federal government, Brown discussed his concerns about the need for a long-term bill.

“A long-term investment in our nation’s infrastructure is vital to strengthening our nation’s economic competitiveness and ensuring that thousands of hardworking Ohioans continue to rebuild our bridges and roads,” Brown said.

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1redeye1(5656 comments)posted 2 years ago

So Brown was out at the clustered mess that the so- called fine engineers of Ohio have caused. Now he wants even more money to cause other messes throughout the state. Why doesn't he investigate on how this money is being wasted on such projects instead. It's a shame that the people now have to sit in traffic for too long because said engineers don't any commons sense when it comes to designing these projects

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