Brown Highlights Need for Toledo Road Repairs as He Outlines Blueprint to Rebuild Infrastructure, Brown (D-OH) joined Toledo leaders at the City of Toledo’s Street, Bridges, and Harbor Department to highlight the need for local road repairs as he outlined a framework to rebuild and repair the....
PoliticalNews.me - Mar 02,2017 - Brown Highlights Need for Toledo Road Repairs as He Outlines Blueprint to Rebuild Infrastructure, Create Jobs
TOLEDO, OH – U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) joined Toledo leaders at the City of Toledo’s Street, Bridges, and Harbor Department to highlight the need for local road repairs as he outlined a framework to rebuild and repair the nation’s infrastructure while creating millions of construction jobs.
President Trump promised $1 trillion of investment in American infrastructure during his campaign and Brown joined Senate colleagues to release a roadmap for making that promise a reality. As part of the plan, Brown included Buy America language to ensure American infrastructure is built by American workers, using American iron and steel.
“Rebuilding American infrastructure will put Ohioans to work,” said Brown. “We can create jobs building the roads, transit, and broadband systems that will support our 21st century economy. I look forward to working with my colleagues on both sides of the aisle and with President Trump to put Ohioans to work creating an infrastructure system that will be the envy of the world once again.”
The proposal outlines how a $1 trillion package of infrastructure investment delivered over the next decade would improve the nation’s transportation, water, housing, broadband, and community infrastructure while creating thousands of construction and manufacturing jobs in Ohio.
Sen. Brown also wrote to President Trump and shared legislation to ensure that Buy America rules apply to all taxpayer-funded public works and infrastructure projects to ensure that American tax dollars support American manufacturing and domestic jobs.
As local news outlets have reported, potholes and road disrepair are particularly troublesome for northwest Ohio drivers. Brown’s blueprint includes significant funding for road and bridge reconstruction. Brown was joined by David Gedeon, Vice President of Transportation for the Toledo Metropolitan Area Council of Governments (TMACOG), Wendy Gramza, President of the Toledo Regional Chamber of Commerce, and Toledo Mayor Paula Hicks-Hudson.
“The gap between available transportation funding and regional infrastructure needs continues to widen. Counties, cities, villages and townships in northwest Ohio have been unable to keep up. This is unacceptable as it is a primary government responsibility to provide safe, well-maintained, and reliable infrastructure to move goods and people and power our economy. TMACOG is eager to work with Senator Brown and others to move funding plans forward and rebuild our aging infrastructure,” said Tim Brown, President, TMACOG.
“There are broad gaps between what cities can afford and aging infrastructure requiring major capital investment. We thank Senator Brown for his willingness to work with his colleagues in Congress and with the new administration to find a federal mechanism to support needed infrastructure improvements in Toledo, in Ohio, and throughout our nation,” said Hicks-Hudson.
Ohio has one of the nation’s largest interstate systems and a major public transit network that would benefit from nationwide investment in infrastructure.
Ohio has the nation’s fourth largest interstate system with 6,700 lane miles.
Ohio’s public transportation agencies serve more than 300,000 passengers every weekday.
Nearly a quarter of Ohio’s