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12:54 pm
Wed July 24, 2013

Brent Spence project to be on federal priority list

Senator Rob Portman's amendment to make obsolete and structurally unsound bridges such as the Brent Spence Bridge here a priority for federal funding passed in the U.S. Senate today.

It's not yet known how much of the $500 million set aside in the transportation appropriations bill for bridges in critical condition will go to the Brent Spence project, which officials in Ohio and Kentucky say will cost an estimated $2.7 billion to complete.

Portman, in his floor speech, told fellow senators that the Brent Spence is now handling twice the 80,000 vehicles per day it was designed for nearly 50 years ago

"We think it could help provide some of the federal match to get the Brent Spence Bridge completed,'' Portman said on the Senate floor.

Senators Mitch McConnell of Kentucky and Sherrod Brown of Ohio co-sponsored Portman's amendment.