Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear and Ohio Governor Mike DeWine announced they have jointly submitted an application requesting nearly $2 billion in federal funding to make improvements to the Brent Spence Bridge Corridor that runs through Northern Kentucky and Cincinnati.
“Ohio and Kentucky are working together to seize this once-in-a-generation opportunity to improve the quality of life for the millions of Americans who use the federal highway system to travel between our two states,” Beshear said in an announcement.
Dewine said he’s optimistic that the federal government will recognize what the two governors view as the importance of this project.
“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,” DeWine said.
The governors announced their intent to request funding from the U.S. Department of Transportation in February.
Kentucky and Ohio are seeking $1.66 billion in federal grant funding through the Multimodal Projects Discretionary Grant. The grant request represents approximately 60 percent of the remaining $2.77 billion project cost. Each state will also allocate significant state and other federal dollars toward the project. The states will split the cost of the new bridge 50/50, and each state will be responsible for the needed work on its side of the border.
“The City of Covington is proud to be part of the regional coalition that supports this critical project locally, regionally and nationally,” said Covington Mayor Joe Meyer. “We fully support this funding request and look forward to the successful completion of the Brent Spence Bridge Corridor Project.”
The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet and the Ohio Department of Transportation recently announced that engineering work on the project will move forward as the federal government considers the application. KYTC and ODOT will also continue to work on acquiring property needed to construct the project and will begin meeting with companies interested in working on this historic bridge project.
The Brent Spence Bridge Corridor project will include a companion bridge next to the existing Brent Spence Bridge to improve traffic flow and safety. Improvements will also be made to the interstate network on either side of the bridges throughout an eight-mile corridor from Dixie Highway in Kentucky to the Western Hills Viaduct interchange in Ohio.