Brent Spence Bridge http://wfpl.org en Brent Spence Bridge Project Funding Is Washington's Responsibility, Ky. Lawmaker Says http://wfpl.org/post/brent-spence-bridge-project-funding-washingtons-responsibility-ky-lawmaker-says <p>Northern Kentucky business and labor leaders want the $2.6 billion renovation of the Brent Spence Bridge funded in any way possible, b<span style="line-height: 1.5;">ut many state lawmakers aren’t willing to support one option—tolls—in an election year.</span></p><p>There's just not much money for new infrastructure, with a state highway trust fund poised to dip into the red pending federal inaction, and road receipts projected to decline in the future due to high gas prices and more fuel efficient cars.</p> Fri, 27 Jun 2014 13:01:00 +0000 Jonathan Meador 9655 at http://wfpl.org Brent Spence Bridge Project Funding Is Washington's Responsibility, Ky. Lawmaker Says Efforts to Keep Tolls Off Northern Kentucky Bridge Draw In McConnell and Grimes http://wfpl.org/post/efforts-keep-tolls-northern-kentucky-bridge-draw-mcconnell-and-grimes <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The possibility of tolls to pay&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;for a $2.6-billion bridge replacement project in Northern Kentucky has enraged conservatives and become an issue in the U.S. Senate campaign.</span></p> Mon, 23 Jun 2014 20:54:00 +0000 Jonathan Meador 9622 at http://wfpl.org Efforts to Keep Tolls Off Northern Kentucky Bridge Draw In McConnell and Grimes Financing Options Discussed for New Northern Kentucky Bridge http://wfpl.org/post/financing-options-discussed-new-northern-kentucky-bridge <p>Transportation officials in Kentucky and Ohio are working on a financing plan for a new bridge linking Covington and Cincinnati.&nbsp;</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">They say the bridge, with an estimated cost of $2.5 billion, is needed to ease congestion on the 50 year old Brent Spence Bridge, which carries Interstate-75 and 71 traffic over the Ohio River. &nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Kentucky Transportation Cabinet Spokesman Chuck Wolfe says that bridge remains sound and would still carry northbound I-71 traffic.</span></p> Thu, 03 Oct 2013 20:09:31 +0000 Stu Johnson | Kentucky Public Radio 7089 at http://wfpl.org Financing Options Discussed for New Northern Kentucky Bridge Rand Paul Seeks to Cuts Corporate Tax, Fund Transportation http://wfpl.org/post/rand-paul-seeks-cuts-corporate-tax-fund-transportation <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Through a single piece of legislation, Sen. Rand Paul is hoping to cut a corporate tax and get more revenue for transportation projects.</span></p> Thu, 16 May 2013 16:58:17 +0000 Kenny Colston 5419 at http://wfpl.org Rand Paul Seeks to Cuts Corporate Tax, Fund Transportation Bill Would Allow Public-Private Partnerships For Big Construction Projects http://wfpl.org/post/bill-would-allow-public-private-partnerships-big-construction-projects <p></p><p>State Rep.&nbsp;Sannie Overly has filed a bill that will allow the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet to explore public-private partnerships to help construction projects with big price tags.</p><p>The bill doesn't specifically name any projects, but Kentucky currently has multiple instances where the bill could help work start, namely the Brent Spence Bridge in Northern Kentucky and Interstate 69 in western Kentucky.</p><p>Overly, a Paris Democrat, said the goal is to help the state have one more avenue to help fund its infrastructure projects.</p> Fri, 22 Feb 2013 18:51:39 +0000 Kenny Colston 4149 at http://wfpl.org Bill Would Allow Public-Private Partnerships For Big Construction Projects Officials Defend Tolling To Help Fund New Bridges http://wfpl.org/post/officials-defend-tolling-help-fund-new-bridges <p>State and federal officials say new Ohio River bridges cannot be built without tolling as part of the financing plan.</p> <p>Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear this week signed a memorandum of understanding with Ohio’s governor to construct a new, $2.5 billion double-deck span to replace the Brent Spence Bridge linking Covington and Cincinnati.</p> <p>Beshear says there’s no chance the federal government will pick up the whole cost of this project or two new bridges planned for the Louisville area.</p> Thu, 13 Dec 2012 16:55:38 +0000 Rick Howlett & Kentucky Public Radio's Dan Conti 2952 at http://wfpl.org Officials Defend Tolling To Help Fund New Bridges Washington Post Calls Out Obama Over Ohio River Bridges http://wfpl.org/post/washington-post-calls-out-obama-over-ohio-river-bridges <p>In a fact-check of President Obama&#39;s recent speech, <a href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/fact-checker/post/obamas-whopper-about-an-ohio-river-bridge/2012/04/30/gIQA7NMasT_blog.html"><em>The Washington Post</em> scolded the president</a> for using old talking points and incorrectly identifying the Sherman Minton Bridge as closed while lashing out at Republican leaders. On Monday, Mr. Tue, 01 May 2012 15:18:24 +0000 Phillip M. Bailey 90 at http://wfpl.org