No clear funding source yet for aging Ky. bridge

No clear funding source yet for aging Ky. bridge

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by AP

WHAS11.com

Posted on July 8, 2012 at 6:19 PM

Updated Sunday, Jul 8 at 6:58 PM

COVINGTON, Ky. (AP) -- Since President Barack Obama stood in front of the Brent Spence Bridge, proclaiming the need to replace it, no clear funding source has materialized for the $2.4 billion needed to replace the nearly half-century-old span.

Some local residents like Jennifer Macht avoid the bridge connecting northern Kentucky and southern Ohio. Macht tells The Kentucky Enquirer that she considers the bridge terrifying.

Some in Congress and in the local community wonder whether money for beautification projects could fund a sizable portion of the bridge. The money for such projects usually comes from transportation enhancement grants, but federal stimulus funds have also been used.

Transportation officials say all the enhancement grants in the country would account for less than half of the Brent Spence Bridge replacement costs.
 

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