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Senator Brown wants more funding for roads, bridges

Senator Brown wants more funding for roads, bridges

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WASHINGTON, DC - Congress is facing a fast-approaching deadline, with funding for highways set to expire soon. That could mean the 2,200 structurally deficient bridges across Ohio, may not be fixed. “It means we need to invest and Congress has got to do it now,” said Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH).

Brown wants his colleagues to re-authorize the Highway Trust Fund, which provides funding for structural improvements and upgrades to roads and bridges across the country. Brown says, passing it, will help the local economy.

“We don’t get the kind of economic development we need unless we have better highways, better safer bridges, good water and sewer systems, strong community colleges,” he said.

And Brown says that economic reach will extend farther than Ohio and into the rest of the country.

“We’ve led the world in infrastructure since WWII until the last 20 years,” he said. “And we’ve got to turn that around.”

The current Highway Trust Fund is set to expire on October 1st, but funding is expected to run out before then. So Brown wants to see Congress act on this quickly.

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