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Kentucky, Ohio governors apply for federal funding for Brent Spence Bridge Corridor Project

Gov. Andy Beshear said both states are working together on this “once-in-a-generation” opportunity to improve the quality of life for people in Kentucky and Ohio.
Credit: Gov. Andy Beshear

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Both the governors of Kentucky and Ohio have formally submitted for federal funding to make improvements to the Brent Spence Bridge Corridor according to a press release.

Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear said both states are working together on this “once-in-a-generation” opportunity to improve the quality of life for people in both Kentucky and Ohio.

They said they planned to apply back in February. They requested $1.66 billion through the Multimodal Projects Discretionary Grant according to the release.

“I pledged to fight for every available federal dollar and have a shovel-ready project once funding is secured,” said Beshear. “The time is now to invest in transformative infrastructure that supports our growing workforce and safe travel along one of the nation’s most important commerce corridors.”

The end goal of the Brent Spence Bridge Corridor is to build a companion bridge next to the existing Brent Spence Bridge to help with traffic and safety. Both Ohio and Kentucky are responsible for their sides of the bridge.

Ohio Gov. Mike Dewine said the corridor is a vital centerpiece to the interstate system within the country.

“With the current supply chain crisis in our country, the issue of ensuring that this major transportation corridor stays open and moving has never been more urgent,” said Dewine.

Currently, more than 160,000 vehicles travel across the Brent Spence Bridge per day and carries an estimated 3% of the United States domestic product annually according to the release.

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