Rebuilding Bridges: Across the Country, Advocates Unite to Send Message to Congress: Time to Fix our
September 22, 2011
Rebuilding Bridges: Across the Country, Advocates Unite to Send Message to Congress: Time to Fix our Bridges, Create Jobs
New State-by-State Reports Outline Structurally Deficient Bridges, Makes Case for Investing in American Jobs
*See Below for Bridge Events in Several States*
Washington, DC— As President Obama travels to Brent Spence Bridge in Cincinnati, Ohio today to press for his American Jobs Act, advocates and working families across the country on Thursday, September 22 and throughout the next week will use this opportunity to draw attention to crumbling roads and bridges by rallying in front of their local bridge, sending a simple message to Congress: Fix this bridge, Create jobs. At these events, they will release a new report makes the public safety case to Congress for putting Americans back to work. By passing the President’s American Jobs Act, Congress will create and ensure that the more than 69,000 structurally deficient U.S. bridges are once again safe.
The numbers don’t lie. U.S. PIRG’s state reports detail the number structurally deficient bridges in each state meaning millions of people who drive over these troubled bridges each year. Americans from every walk of life are highlighting one of these bridges in more than a dozen states, imploring Congress to pass this bill immediately.
The American Jobs Act would invest $50 billion in job-creating projects rebuilding America’s bridges, roads, and transit systems keeping our roads safe and putting millions of Americans back to work. This type of investment will continue to provide America with the competitive edge need to make this country great.
Today’s actions are a part of an ongoing effort by numerous groups and working families to put Americans back to work in sectors that are crucial to America’s future competitiveness.
Bridge events will be taking place in the following cities:
Thursday, September 22 (all times Eastern)
- Chicago: Wells Street Bridge, 12 pm
- Houston, TX: 610 & Hirsch, 12 pm
- Los Angeles: I-110 overpass, 12 pm
- Milwaukee, WI: I-43 & North Ave overpass, 12 pm
- New York City: Brooklyn Bridge (Manhattan side), 12 pm
- Minneapolis, MN: 10th Avenue SE Bridge at West River Parkway, 1 pm
- Seattle, WA: State Route Bridge 520, 3 pm
- Miami, FL: 395 W overpass at South US 1, 4 pm
- Philadelphia, PA: Bridge crossing Broad St, 4 pm
- Detroit, MI: 2nd & I-94, 4:30 pm
- Boston: Beacon St Bridge (1-90 Overpass), 5:30 pm
Events Next Week: Connecticut; Iowa; Michigan; Pittsburgh, PA