Funding to build and maintain the nation’s highways, roads, bridges and transit systems runs out March 31, but a long-term transportation bill is being bottled up by Republican lawmakers.
This week, the Laborers (LIUNA) launched a multimedia campaign to highlight the growing public safety crisis posed by America’s crumbling bridges, deteriorating roads and struggling transit systems.The campaign appeals to voters to call on the Republican leadership in Congress to support a long-term highway bill that protects investment in transportation systems.
LIUNA President Terry O’Sullivan says the average age of bridges in the United States is 45 years, “dangerously close to the designed lifespan of 50 years.”
With this campaign, we’re letting Congress know that while they’re busy playing politics, Americans are being forced to risk their safety every time they cross a deficient or obsolete bridge.
The campaign includes radio spots in Ohio and Kentucky, home states of House Speaker John Boehner (R) and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R), and mail to voters, including a tongue-in-cheek manual “How to Survive a Bridge Collapse.” It also includes a tour of “The Emergency Bridge Repair Team” aboard a flatbed truck loaded with a giant roll of duct tape that will travel through the two states.
For more information, to view campaign ad materials and listen to the ads, visit www.highwaybill.org.