The additional funding will support bridge and roadway improvements spanning eight miles near the bridge.
(Frankfort, Ky.) – Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear and Ohio Governor Mike DeWine have submitted a second federal funding request for the Brent Spence Bridge Corridor Project.
The additional funding request will support bridge and roadway improvements along the eight-mile Brent Spence Corridor from the Wester Hills Viaduct in Ohio to Dixie Highway in Kentucky.
The amount of funding requested was not disclosed, but the governors announced in May they would pursue $2 billion in federal funding.
In May, a request for $1.66 billion was made through the Multimodal Projects Discretionary Grant. That grant request represents about 60 percent of $2.77 billion project.
“The time for us to act is now,” said Gov. Beshear. “Kentucky and Ohio are working with our partners to ensure we have the funding we need to complete improvements along the Brent Spence Bridge corridor. There is a tremendous sense of urgency surrounding this project because we recognize how important it is for the people we serve. I want us to be able to break ground next year.”
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 the project moves closer to full funding, the pace of activity has picked up to ensure construction readiness. The bi-state project team is prioritizing the following activities while the federal funding requests are under review:
- Updating the financial plan to align with existing funding opportunities and anticipated project needs, including evaluation of the potential impacts of inflation on the funding plans for each state;
- Continuing development of the revised concept for the new companion bridge, which significantly improves safety by separating through and local traffic;
- Analyzing potential options for construction using the design/build process; and
- Performing environmental field work, including updating air and noise evaluations.