Build Our New Bridge Coalition announces support for needed legislation in Ohio to advance the Brent Spence Bridge Corridor Project

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May 6, 2014 Contact:Patrick Crowley859-462-4245pcrowley@strategicadvisersllc.com

 

Build Our New Bridge Coalition announces support for needed legislation in Ohio to advance the Brent Spence Bridge Corridor Project

 

CINCINNATI, OH – The Build Our New Bridge Now Coalition is announcing its support for Ohio House Bill 533, legislation that will advance the planned replacement of the Brent Spence Bridge.

 

“We applaud and support this legislation, which will keep this vitally important project moving forward,” said Coalition co-chairman Tom Williams, President and CEO of North American Properties. “Innovative approaches are needed to make the replacement of The Brent Spence Bridge a reality. This legislation utilizes the latest technology and modernizes Ohio statues so the state is better equipped to operate a 21st century transportation system.

 

“Gov. John Kasich has shown strong leadership on the Brent Spence Bridge project,” Williams said. “We are pleased with the bipartisan support HB 533 has received so far, and now call on the General Assembly to take another important step by passing the legislation, which will greatly enhance the flow of traffic and improve safety on the new bridge.”

 

The 50-year-old Brent Spence Bridge is an unsafe, overcrowded span that carries more than 175,000 vehicles a day, more than double what it was built to accommodate. Each day, 40,000 trucks carry more than $1 billion in freight across the bridge. Daily backups on the bridge contribute to gridlock, lost productivity and dangerous, time-consuming commutes.

Replacing the bridge is expected to cost an estimated $2.5 billion. Because of inflation, this cost increases $8 million for each month that construction of the bridge is delayed.

 

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About the Coalition: The Coalition to Build Our New Bridge Now (BN2) was recently formed as a 501(c)(4) organization. Membership will be comprised of business, community, labor and political leaders committed to the project. The BN2 Coalition will push for the creation of a joint Ohio-Kentucky agreement to establish a bi-state effort that will recommend a plan to fund, finance, design and construct the new bridge and perform necessary rehabilitation on the existing Brent Spence Bridge. Having a comprehensive strategic framework now will assist the states as they develop the structure and tools necessary to select the proper configuration of public-private partnerships as well as the IPD method that is the most feasible to advance the project. For more information, visit www.BuildOurNewBridgeNow.com.