( Covington ) Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear and Ohio Governor John Kasich have signed an agreement that describes in broad terms how their two states will cooperatively build a new bridge over the Ohio River between Cincinnati and Covington. US Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood joined the governors for the landmark announcement.
While the exact structure type is still to be determined, the selected roadway alternative for the long-awaited bridge is a two-deck span that would carry all of Interstate 75, plus southbound lanes of I-71 and three southbound lanes of local traffic. It would be adjacent to, and greatly reduce the load now being shouldered by the
“Working together, our two states have made excellent progress toward a long-awaited solution for the commercial and commuter bottleneck that the
“The businesses and citizens that use the bridge every day need relief from gridlock today- not 30 years from now,” said Gov. Kasich. “I look forward to working closely with Gov. Beshear to make a real change and deliver the
The two-deck Brent Spence, which opened on Nov. 25, 1963, today carries the entire load of both I-71 and I-75 and two-way local traffic. Though structurally sound, it is classified as “functionally obsolete” because of its narrow lanes, absence of emergency shoulders and limited visibility on its lower deck.
Under the selected alternative design, the Brent Spence would undergo renovation and remain in service to carry two northbound lanes of I-71 on its upper deck and three lanes of northbound local traffic on its lower deck.
The Memorandum of Agreement signed by Governors Beshear and Kasich outlines remaining duties and responsibilities of each state.
The signing of the agreement was the latest example of the way in which Gov. Beshear and Gov. Kasich have worked together in a spirit of bipartisan cooperation.
In 2011, the two governors joined forces in the fight against the proliferation of “pill mills” and the illicit traffic in prescription narcotics. In May 2012, Gov. Beshear was Gov. Kasich’s guest at a ground breaking in
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