Joining the governors to address a crowd of more than 300 at the January 4 announcement in Covington were former Ohio Sen. Rob Portman and Ohio Sen. Sherrod Brown along with U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell and President Joe Biden, who talked about the bipartisan support for the project.
The grant accounts for 98.2 percent of the amount Ohio and Kentucky requested for this vital project that Senator McConnell called "one of the most important infrastructure projects in the country.”
“I’m thrilled the time has finally come for us to get the companion bridge built,” Gov. Beshear said. “Funding and constructing the Brent Spence Bridge Corridor Project is more than the fulfillment of my administration’s promise – it’s a dream fulfilled for the thousands of travelers who pass through the bustling region every day waiting eagerly for traffic relief to come on this nationally significant corridor. It also shows what’s possible when we prioritize people over politics.”
"Throughout the years, good times and bad, when you ask the Cincinnati Chamber of Commerce and you ask the business community 'what's your number one priority?' in Cincinnati, they came back every single time and said this bridge," Gov. DeWine said.
With funding secured, groundbreaking on the project is anticipated for late 2023, with substantial completion slated for 2029.
Project plans call for the construction of a companion bridge to the west of the existing Brent Spence Bridge, as well as improvements to the current bridge and the roadway network that ties into each river crossing. As a result of robust engagement with local partners, there will be enhanced pedestrian access across I-75 in Cincinnati to reconnect downtown with western neighborhoods, and the City of Cincinnati will regain nearly 10 acres of land to develop in the downtown area. In Kentucky, the project will include a new storm sewer system to reduce flooding and improve local roads, including enhanced pedestrian and bicycle facilities, in the area of the existing and new bridge.