It was a little over a year ago that President Obama came here to Cincinnati and pushed for his jobs plan. In that speech he talked about infrastructure improvements and highlighter the Brent Spence bridge that connects Ohio and Kentucky as a perfect example. Quickly Republicans pounced on this as "earmarks" and "pork barrel", including John Boehner and Mitch McConnell, each representing one of the affected states.
Well the money has never come for the bridge and now the states have come up with a plan to replace it:
The governors of Kentucky and Ohio say there will be tolls on the replacement for the Brent Spence Bridge. The governors met today, joining forces to put the project on the fast track. And it looks like drivers will have to pay a chunk of the $2.4 billion price tag.
Local 12's Joe Webb says the elephant in the room to this point on all discussions of a new bridge has been tolls. Governor Kasich cleared up that issue today. There will be tolls on the Brent Spence replacement.
We aren't talking about some lightly traveled bridge. This is bridge is used for two interstates, I-71 and I-75. I-75 is a major trucking route, connecting Florida to Michigan and Canada. Right now the bridge sees close to 200,000 vehicles travel over it per day.
So now we are going to have an added congestion factor on an already heavily congested artery in his country. Great plan guys!
And we can't have a story like this without the Tea Party involved: