CHELMSFORD (AP) -- An independent group says an incident in which debris peeled off a highway overpass and smashed the windshield of a car traveling below should serve as a warning about the need to fix crumbling roads and bridges in Massachusetts.
Crews made emergency repairs to the Route 3A bridge after Tuesday's incident on Interstate 495 in Chelmsford. No one was seriously hurt.
Transportation for Massachusetts said in a statement that the bridge is among many in the state considered structurally deficient or functionally obsolete.
The Committee for Safer Roads and Bridges group called on voters to defeat a November ballot question that would repeal a law that automatically ties increases in the gasoline tax to inflation. Revenues from the tax help fund road and bridge repairs.
Advocates for repeal say lawmakers should be required to vote on any tax hikes.
"Yesterday's incident on Interstate 495 in Chelmsford is a warning to all of us that continued neglect of the state's crumbling roads and bridges poses a potentially serious threat to motorists," said Mary Maguire, director of Public and Legislative Affairs for AAA Southern New England, in a statement Wednesday. "Investing in long overdue improvements to our infrastructure is critically important to the public safety of all of those who travel our roadways and bridges every day.
The campaign has already recruited organizations and individuals from across the political spectrum, including the Mass Taxpayers Foundation, the Massachusetts Public Health Association, the Environmental League of Massachusetts and the Massachusetts Competitive Partnership.