LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx will visit the Ohio River Bridges Project next week in Louisville as part of a bus tour to promote more federal funding for transportation projects across the country.
"I’m spending the next week traveling across the country with a simple message," Foxx said in a video released by his office Thursday morning. "Americans need new and better transportation options to help them get to school, get to work, or start a business. The President has proposed a way to do this without adding to the deficit…if we can get Congress to invest in America and commit to a multi-year transportation bill."
The Ohio River Bridges Project is a joint $2.6 billion venture with Kentucky responsible for the construction of a new downtown I-65 bridge and reconfiguring of the interstate interchange in downtown Louisville while Indiana is responsible for the construction of an east end bridge which will connect Interstate 265 between Utica, Indiana and Prospect, Kentucky. The east end project also includes a 2,000 ft tunnel under an historic property to lead to the bridge in Kentucky.
The project is financed largely through the sale of bonds to be paid by drivers paying tolls on both new bridges in addition to the existing I-65 Kennedy Bridge in Louisville.
Foxx's itinerary includes eight states, beginning in Columbus, Ohio, and ending in Dallas, Texas.