Rochester Post Bulletin: "Franken says crumbling bridges point to need for spending"
Sen. Franken recently released a report on the state of Minnesota's bridges, which shows that over a thousand bridges in Minnesota are structurally deficient.
Southeastern Minnesota has hundreds of structurally deficient bridges, according to a new report released by U.S. Sen. Al Franken's Office.
Three area counties had the largest share of such bridges: Mower County had the second-highest percentage of structurally bridges in the state with 24 percent, Houston County had the sixth highest with 18 percent and Fillmore county ranked 10th with 15 percent.
The report by Transportation for America found that nearly 24 percent of the county's bridges are structurally deficient and need significant maintenance, rehabilitation and replacement. Franken pointed to the study as evidence that the U.S. needs to boost its investment in public infrastructure. This comes as Democrats across the country are campaigning in support of President Obama's jobs bill, which includes $50 billion for public infrastructure.
"Investing in infrastructure is a great way to grow our economy, put people back to work and take care of much-needed work on our state's roads and bridges," Franken said in a written statement.
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