Crushed bus could lead to safe bridges

Getting Schooled in Infrastructure campaign makes stop in Dayton. (WDTN Photo/Kris Sproles)
Getting Schooled in Infrastructure campaign makes stop in Dayton. (WDTN Photo/Kris Sproles)

DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – The image of a crushed school bus is what proponents of a highway bill hope will help get it passed.

They gathered in Dayton Thursday morning to stress the need for fixing deteriorating roads and bridges in Ohio.

The school bus was crushed by a fallen bridge and is part of the Getting Schooled in Infrastructure campaign.

The group made up of public officials and union members called on Congress to pass a long-term, full-investment Highway Bill to keep our roads and bridges safe and to protect jobs.

The campaign says poor road conditions, such as potholes, contribute to an estimated 360 traffic fatalities a year in Ohio. The 1,123 traffic fatalities in the state cost each Ohio resident an average of $977 a year, or $11 billion statewide.

It also reports that 25 percent of Ohio’s bridges are structurally deficient and are at higher risk of failure to accommodate traffic.

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