Governors Beshear and Kasich Sign Memo of Understanding
The current status of the Brent Spence Bridge is not a one-state issue: The Brent Spence Bridge Corridor includes roadway in Northern Kentucky as well as Ohio, and motorists from both states cross the bridge every single day. Currently, the Brent Spence Bridge is listed as “functionally obsolete” due to safety and driver visibility concerns. And because current traffic on the bridge exceeds its intended capacity, daily congestion has created a major problem on one of the nation’s busiest trucking routes.
A two-state problem requires a two-state solution. On December 12, Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear and Ohio Governor John Kasich came together in Covington to sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU), affirming their joint commitment to finding an answer.
The MOU specifically addressed plans to study financing options for the Brent Spence Bridge Corridor rehabilitation and formally established a Bi-State Management Team to oversee the project. The team is comprised of representatives from the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) and the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC).
One of the first orders of business for the Bi-State Management Team was to kick off a Value for Money (VfM) analysis that will consider how best to finance and deliver a new Brent Spence Bridge Corridor. Once these results are available, the Bi-State Management Team will work together to decide how best to move the project forward.
To see the complete text of the MOU, click here.
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