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The Bridges of Monroe County

The Bridges of Monroe County
Posted September 3rd, 2014 @ 4:46pm by Bud Lowell

Congresswoman Louise Slaughter toured the "Bridges of Monroe County" today, making the point that the federal government should be putting more investment into the nation's transportation infrastructure.

The State Transportation Department says fully one-third of the highway bridges in Monroe County are either structurally deficient or obsolete, with deteriorated steel work or built to outmoded standards. Slaughter is backing legislation that would add $19.5 billion to the Federal Highway Maintenance Trust Fund. She'd pay for it by banning "corporate inversions" -- deals like the Burger King-Tim Horton's merger in which U.S. companies relocate their headquarters abroad to avoid U.S. federal taxes.

Slaughter made her announcement by the Marsh Road bridge, a single-lane structure over the Erie Canal in Pittsford that's more than 100 years old and gives local fire companies fits because it can't take the weight of their equipment.

Slaughter's opponent in the fall election, Republican Mark Assini, says Slaughter is advocating $15 billion dollars for a high speed rail plan while also asking for billions for bridges. He says it's not possible to do both, and Slaughter should forget about the rails and support putting those dollars into replacing bridges.

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