Congressman Jim Himes "This connects...."
According to the Federal Highway Administration's 2013 bridge inventory, the Yankee Doodle is the most structurally deficient bridge in Connecticut and Monday morning it served as the backdrop as state and local leaders called for long-term investments in the state's infrastructure.
said Congressman Himes.
Last week, the House of Representatives passed a $10.8 billion measure to temporarily restore the Highway Trust Fund through May 2015. Labor leaders say unless Congress acts, the fund will go bankrupt later this summer, causing delays for planned repairs and cost over 9,000 jobs in the state next year.
said Don Schubert, President of the Connecticut Construction Industries Association.
Lori Pelletier, Executive Secretary-Treasurer of the Connecticut AFL-CIO, said,
In a study by the American Society of Civil Engineers, 1,472 of the state's 4,218 bridges are either structurally deficient or functionally obsolete.
Mayor Harry Rilling said, "....accident waiting to happen.
added Congressman Himes.
The American Society of Civil Engineers also estimates that $3.6 trillion needs to be invested in the country's infrastructure by 2020.