DENVER (AP) — Dozens of Colorado union members are urging Congress to support federal transportation projects as a deadline nears for a special deficit-reduction supercommittee to come up with its own plan to cut spending.

The union members and supporters held rallies in Denver and Pueblo on Thursday. Union leaders say they are worried that the super committee next week will recommend even more sweeping budget cuts.

Building and Construction Trades business manager Neal Hall says Colorado’s roads and bridges are crumbling, with 128 bridges on the state’s poor condition list. He says unemployed construction workers should be put to work to fix them.

The rallies at noon on Thursday were part of a national day of action by unions as Congress debates more budget cuts.

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