2014-05-14T100129Z_1_CBREA4D0RV200_RTROPTP_2_USA-OBAMA

At busy NY bridge, Obama urges U.S. transportation funding

U.S. President Barack Obama speaks about transportation infrastructure during a visit to the Tappan Zee Bridge in TarrytownBy Roberta Rampton TARRYTOWN, New York (Reuters) – U.S. President Barack Obama appeared at an aging New York bridge on Wednesday to chide the U.S. Congress for failing thus far to approve transportation legislation for urgently needed road projects. Speaking over the steady hum of traffic at the Tappan Zee bridge, about 20 miles north of New York City, Obama also said his administration plans to accelerate approvals for infrastructure projects across the country. With Congress facing a big fight on how to replenish a federal fund for road construction, Obama urged lawmakers to pass a transportation bill to pay for an estimated 112,000 highway projects and 5,600 transit projects under way this year. “If they don’t act by the end of the summer, federal funding for transportation projects will run out,” Obama said.

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