Beshear: Waiting to build bridge will be costly

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COVINGTON, Ky. (AP) — Democratic Gov. Steve Beshear says it will cost taxpayers $7 million every month lawmakers do not take action to replace the Brent Spence Bridge connecting northern Kentucky with Cincinnati.

The 50-year old bridge has no emergency shoulder and now carries twice the amount of traffic it was built to handle. But the $2.6 billion project has languished for years because northern Kentucky state lawmakers have adamantly opposed using tolls to pay for the bridge.

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But Beshear told the Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce on Monday that waiting five years will cost the state an additional $400 million, using a 3 percent inflation figure from the Federal Highway Administration.

Beshear says he plans to meet with Ohio Republican Gov. John Kasich in January to come up with a plan to pay for the bridge.

 

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