LIUNA visits Tri-State bridges to push Highway Bill

Source: LIUNA
Source: LIUNA

CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - A group is launching a multi-city tour in Ohio to highlight the safety crisis of the roads and bridges.

The Laborers' International Union of North America, or LIUNA, is urging House Speaker John Boehner to adopt the Senate's bi-partisan Highway Bill. The bill would invest in America's Transportation Systems.

The group stopped by several Cincinnati bridges on Wednesday with duct tape in hand to symbolize what they say is Speaker Boehner's current approach to transportation.

"Just duct tape, patching here and there instead of actually going out and fixing the bridges. Our economy is as bad as the roadways so we can fix the roadways and economy just be doing one thing," said Randy McGuire, Marketing Director for the Ohio Laborers' District Council.

Butler County community leader and life-long resident Jodi Billerman says she wants the bridges repaired before a tragedy happens here as it did in Minneapolis four years ago when a bridge collapsed.

"We don't want a terrible tragedy like that to happen here in Ohio- and if Congress can pass a Highway Bill to keep people safe and protect jobs at the same time, that just seems like a no-brainer for me," said Billerman.

Thousands of LIUNA members across the country say they will continue to call their representatives to urge the bill be passed.

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