INDIANAPOLIS | Union laborers plan to use billboards and other advertising in the next few months to call attention to the condition of Indiana's bridges.
The Laborers' International Union of North America hopes its Build Indiana 2010 campaign will persuade Hoosiers to contact their U.S. senators to encourage support for a comprehensive highway construction program.
"Today in Indiana, one in four construction workers are out of work, while one in four bridges are in need of repair. All that's missing is the commitment to invest in building our country and our state," said David Frye, field representative for the union in Indiana.
The union claims Indiana has 4,111 bridges that are either structurally deficient or functionally obsolete. Nationwide, the United States needs $2.2 trillion in infrastructure repair and replacement, according to the American Society of Civil Engineers.
"Instead of building tomorrow's economy, far too many construction workers are languishing in today's unemployment lines," said Stephen E. Sandherr, CEO of the Associated General Contractors of America. "It's hard to understand how Washington can fail to act on long-overdue measures needed to keep our economy globally competitive, like the highway and transit bill, when one in five construction workers is unemployed."
The union plans similar awareness campaigns in Colorado, Connecticut, Maryland, Kentucky and Ohio.