U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown wants Congress to act quickly on a long-term transportation bill to provide money to fix the nation’s highways and bridges, but the legislative body is focused on only a six-month extension.

At a press conference Monday near the construction site of U.S. Route 224 and Interstate 680 in Boardman, a $5.8 million project that received 80 percent of its funding from the federal government, Brown discussed his concerns about the need for a six-year bill.

“A long-term investment in our nation’s infrastructure is vital to strengthening our nation’s economic competitiveness and ensuring that thousands of hardworking Ohioans continue to rebuild our bridges and roads,” said Brown, a Democrat from Cleveland.

The transportation bill Congress is considering would provide $8 billion for highway and bridge projects for a six-month period, beginning Oct. 1. Without the extension, critical roads and bridges — including those in the Mahoning Valley — would be delayed, Brown said.

“It’s about keeping construction workers on the job and keeping our roads safe for motorists,” he said.

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