Tuesday, March 12 2013 5:32 PM EDT2013-03-12 21:32:57 GMT
Local transportation officials held another meeting to discuss the future of the Brent Spence Bridge.The Major Transportation and Infrastructure Projects Subcommittee met with a spokesperson from the OhioMore >>
According to a new study from AAA, drivers are five times more likely to have an accident in the Brent Spence Bridge corridor, compared to other areas of Ohio and Kentucky.More >>
Friday, March 1 2013 1:48 PM EST2013-03-01 18:48:58 GMT
President Barack Obama called the Brent Spence Bridge 'rotten' during a press conference on Friday.Obama took questions from reporters after meeting with congressional leaders at the White House aboutMore >>
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Wednesday, January 16 2013 10:53 PM EST2013-01-17 03:53:38 GMT
Another Brent Spence Bridge meeting was held to discuss project's financing. The 'Build Our New Bridge Now' Coalition met with the Kentucky Transportation officials on Wednesday evening. The coalitionMore >>
The 'Build Our New Bridge Now' Coalition met with the Kentucky Transportation officials on Wednesday evening. The coalition believes the best way to speed up bridge construction is through private financing.
Thursday, January 10 2013 10:24 PM EST2013-01-11 03:24:25 GMT
Another meeting over the $2.7 billion Brent Spence Bridge project was held on Thursday. If tolls are used to help fund the new Brent Spence Bridge project, there wouldn't be any physical toll booths.More >>
If tolls are used to help fund the new Brent Spence Bridge project, there wouldn't be any physical toll booths. Instead, transponders would be used.
Tuesday, January 8 2013 8:44 PM EST2013-01-09 01:44:19 GMT
The City of Covington is hosting an informational meeting about the Brent Spence Bridge project on Tuesday inside Commission Chambers at City Hall at 6 p.m. Information on a toll study being performedMore >>
City leaders said the meeting was held to get the three new city commissioners up to speed on the project, but dozens showed up to hear the latest information, first-hand. More >>
Wednesday, November 28 2012 6:30 AM EST2012-11-28 11:30:09 GMT
There is a move to speed up the construction of a new Brent Spence Bridge. A group of local leaders are working together to try to drum up support for construction to begin up to five years earlier thanMore >>
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NORTHERN KENTUCKY (FOX19) -
major bridge project is underway in Louisville, while the Brent Spence Bridge
Corridor remains in the planning stages.
investigated to find out why some new bridges are moving forward, while the
Northern Kentucky project remains unconstructed.
there is a mega project involved, the situations are different. The mechanics of
how you finance and fund those are different. How people react to the various
methods for paying for it are different," Kentucky Transportation Cabinet
Secretary Mike Hancock explained.
says the first major difference is the scope of the two projects.
Ohio River Bridges Project includes two
new bridges plus a complete rehab of the Kennedy Memorial Bridge. Kennedy will
become a one-way bridge for I-65 southbound traffic. One of the new bridges
will carry northbound I-65 traffic between downtown Louisville and
Jeffersonville, Indiana. The other bridge, eight miles upriver, runs between
Prospect, Kentucky and Utica, Indiana.
second distinction is that the Ohio River Bridges (ORB) Project has evolved over the
last 40 years. While the Brent Spence was opened the same year as Louisville's
Kennedy Memorial Bridge, Hancock says replacement discussions began later;
though there is no debate now that it is needed.
is a priority for the transportation network in Kentucky, there's no double
about that," Hancock said. "In fact, it's a top priority. The difficulty has
always been, how do we fund it?"
third and largest distinction is financing.
biggest issue we have is the cost of the [Brent Spence] project," Hancock said.
ORB, Indiana and Kentucky submitted the Initial Financial Plan to the Federal
Highway Administration in 2007.
2009 the Kentucky General Assembly passed legislation to enable the state to
work with specifically with Indiana on alternative financing for "mega"
Louisville's bridges were initially estimated to cost $4.1 billion, the
governors of Kentucky and Indiana scaled the project back to $2.6 billion, which
is roughly the same as the Brent Spence.
does not believe similar legislation will not be necessary for Kentucky's
collaboration with Ohio.
federal earmarks no longer an option, the Ohio River Bridges project is being
paid for from a mix of state bonds, federal dollars and toll revenues.
and foremost, we've had broad-based community support. Even with tolling
recognized as being a concern, there the pubic by and large has understood
that's the way the project would get done," Hancock said of the Louisville
to the Brent Spence Bridge project website:
"Adequate funds do not exist to replace and refurbish the Brent Spence Bridge
Corridor using traditional revenues. Because of this, tolls will be used and
alternative delivery methods will be considered if this project is to be
completed within the next 40 years."
would just put us at a horrific competitive disadvantage to have tolling on that bridge,"
Kentucky Senator Chris McDaniel said of the new Brent Spence project.
McDaniel argues, unlike in Louisville, the majority of bridge traffic is headed
out of the state in Northern Kentucky making tolls a tougher sell.
toll would have a disproportionately negative impact on Northern Kentucky's
residents, Northern Kentucky's construction, on Northern Kentucky's commercial
operations versus in Ohio. That's why the number one reason this is different
from the Ohio River Bridges project," He argued. "Those of us who are elected
to represent the interests of Northern Kentucky just find that to be completely
2012 Kentucky's General Assembly included language in the transportation budget
that stated it would not give any more money for the Brent Spence until there
was a financial plan for the project.
KYTC is waiting on results of a Value for Money study which looks at different
ways to pay for the project and those results should be ready in the next four
to six weeks.
there the KYTC will put together a Brent Spence financing plan which will be
included in the state's six year highway plan. That plan will be presented to
the General Assembly when it convenes in 2014.
Hancock says by late April or May the fate of the project's Kentucky funding
should be made clear.
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