Taxpayers will pick up the tab for an $8 million study of the impact of a reconstructed Brent Spence bridge on traffic, noise and the effect tolls will have on minorities and low-income persons.
The Ohio Controlling Board released the money Monday at the request of the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT)
ODOT spokesman Brian Cunningham said the state of Ohio is in the process of working out a “memorandum of understanding” with the state of Kentucky. Once that is finished, Cunningham said, Kentucky will reimburse Ohio for half of the $8 million.
Cincinnati Council will likely vote Wednesday to sell bonds to pay for the city's portion of building a new interchange on I-71 at Martin Luther King Drive. The plan has been in the works for several years.
“We’re not just building a road because we need a road there,” Council Member Yvette Simpson said. “We anticipate lots of development along the corridor.”
The MLK interchange is designed to provide easier access to the Uptown area and places like the University of Cincinnati and several major hospitals.
Beginning July 1, the speed limit on some Ohio interstates increases to 70 mph. The Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) is making some new signs and updating others with the new limit. The cost is $8,287.19.