Brent Spence Bridge

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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Local News
12:54 pm
Wed July 24, 2013

Brent Spence project to be on federal priority list

Brent Spence Bridge
Michael Keating

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.
 

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Brent Spence Bridge
3:07 pm
Tue March 12, 2013

Making the Brent Spence project more affordable

The Brent Spence Bridge connecting Ohio and Kentucky is considered "functionally obsolete."
Michael Keating

Ohio and Kentucky officials are working to complete a value for money study on the Brent Spence project.  

It will report the most cost effective way to build the bridge and new approaches to it.  That study should be done next month.  

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Local News
11:08 pm
Tue February 19, 2013

Kenton County says no to tolls

Transportation officials say there are no structural concerns, but the Brent Spence is functionally obsolete. It handles 172,000 vehicles per day.
Michael Keating

After hearing from residents opposed to using tolls to pay for the Brent Spence Bridge project,  the Kenton County Fiscal Court has passed a resolution expressing its opposition as well. Tuesday night's vote was unanimous. 

"Someone mentioned earlier, back in the '50's, we were able to build an interstate highway system.  Now we can't even build one bridge that is of national significance; and certainly that ought to be a highest priority for our federal government,"  said Commissioner Jon Draud.

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