Group calls attention to deteriorating roads and bridges

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) – You might have seen a school bus crushed by a piece of a bridge in Fort Wayne on Wednesday, but don’t worry.

It was on purpose, not an actual accident.

The bus is used as a tool in a campaign called “Getting Schooled” by the group LIUNA.

Fort Wayne Mayor Tom Henry, City Councilmember Geoff Paddock, and other elected officials joined the group to talk about what they said is a need for Congress to pass an important bill. The long-term, full-investment Highway Bill would keep roads and bridges safe. The group also wants an additional gas tax to help pay for deteriorating roads and bridges.

According to a report from TRIP, a national transportation nonprofit organization, 16 percent of Indiana’s roads are in poor condition and cost Indiana motorists $2.1 billion a year in vehicle repairs. The group also claims that 22 percent of Indiana’s bridges are deficient or obsolete.  About 250 of the state’s average 760 traffic fatalities are due to potholes and other poor road conditions.

The “Getting Schooled” campaign will continue to make its way through Indiana, making a stop in Indianapolis a week after it’s Fort Wayne visit.

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