Brent Spence Bridge

Brent Spence
3:39 pm
Fri June 20, 2014

McConnell proposes bridge solution, not everybody buying it

Michael Keating

At the Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce Friday, Kentucky Senator Mitch McConnell spelled out his solution for paying for a new Brent Spence Bridge. The Republican says he will propose repealing the Davis-Bacon Act that requires the government to pay the local prevailing wage for federal projects.

By getting rid of this requirement, McConnell says, it will provide $13 billion to the Brent Spence  and other bridges in need of repair over a ten year period.

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Brent Spence Bridge
4:29 pm
Wed June 11, 2014

Ohio waits on Kentucky to approve tolls for Brent Spence

The 50 year old bridge was built to handle 80,000 vehicles every day. Now 160,000 cross.
Michael Keating

With the aging Brent Spence in the background, Ohio Governor John Kasich signed House Bill 533 into law Wednesday, as reporters and other politicians looked on.

The bill, which allows Ohio to collect tolls on the bridge, doesn't mean anything until Kentucky drafts and signs similar legislation. In March, the Kentucky House voted 82-7 to prohibit tolls on any federal interstate between Ohio and Kentucky.

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Brent Spence Bridge
4:49 pm
Wed December 11, 2013

Number crunchers to release bridge financing plan

Governor Steve Beshear, speaking at a Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce luncheon Wednesday, told business leaders not to panic or be up in arms when a bridge financing report comes out later this month.
Credit Ann Thompson / WVXU

Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear, speaking at a Chamber of Commerce luncheon Wednesday, called on the business community to step up and work with the legislature to make the new Brent Spence bridge project happen. "You know, we've got a lot of things that need to be flexible that we need to pull together and work together on."

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Transportation
10:45 am
Thu October 3, 2013

Brent Spence study includes possible models & tolls

Credit Michael Keating

A new study, commissioned by Ohio and Kentucky, has narrowed procurement models for the $2.5 billion Brent Spence Bridge project from four to two and projected a range of tolls.

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Transportation
3:51 pm
Mon September 30, 2013

Oh & Ky transportation leaders discuss Brent Spence options

Credit Michael Keating

Leaders in Ohio and Kentucky say the Brent Spence Bridge Project remains on target for a 2015 ground breaking but there's still no solid funding plan in place.

Mike Hancock of Kentucky says the states need to get creative when it comes to funding the project.

"There are opportunities to work with the community to see if there's anything we can do to make the toll rates more palatable."

Ohio Transportation secretary Jerry Wray agrees that tolling is part of the answer but not the entire solution.

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