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Connecticut ranked 4th worse infrastructure in the nation

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Norwalk, CT | Added on July 21, 2014 At 11:49 AM

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.

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.

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.

The American Society of Civil Engineers also estimates that $3.6 trillion needs to be invested in the country's infrastructure by 2020.

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