Yarmuth urges Congress to pass Highway Bill, Gas Tax

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by WHAS editors

WHAS11.com

Posted on July 18, 2014 at 5:47 PM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- Congressman John Yarmuth is using a smashed up bus to prove a point.

On Friday, the congressman was in Louisville urging Congress to pass the Highway Bill and Gas Tax to help maintain Kentucky's roads and bridges.

The crushed school bus was a prop, but transportation officials said the stakes are real.

Yarmuth said one-third of Kentucky traffic fatalities are caused by poor road conditions.

According to Yarmuth, 129 Louisville bridges have been evaluated as being obsolete and 65 as deficient.

Congress has passed short-term funding to get through the rest of the year, but Yarmuth is calling on lawmakers to pass a comprehensive long-term plan.

 

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