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Kasich says he will keep spending on Ohio-Ky. bridge project

Published: Tue, March 25, 2014 @ 11:25 a.m.

CINCINNATI (AP) — Ohio’s governor says the state will keep moving ahead on a major Ohio River bridge project that’s in funding trouble on the Kentucky side.

Gov. John Kasich told The Cincinnati Enquirer for a story published today that he still has confidence there will be funding from Kentucky, which has control of the bridge.

Kentucky legislators are opposing tolls to help pay for a project estimated at $2.6 billion. Ohio has committed $84 million to bridge-related highway work, including overhauling Interstate 75 just north of the river.

“I don’t want to slow down anything,” Kasich said. “Let’s get done what we need to get done. What I don’t want to do is say, ‘OK, we’re just going to kind of stop things now to see what happens over there.’ That, to me, would not be good public policy.”

Kasich said he believes Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear and others will figure out a way to come up with the funding.


1billdog1(4081 comments)posted 1 year, 8 months ago

Build it and they will come, or maybe go. At any rate the bridge to moonshine and ginseng will change everything.

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2AnotherAverageCitizen(1176 comments)posted 1 year, 8 months ago

Another bridge to nowhere..

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3NoBS(2393 comments)posted 1 year, 8 months ago

Why wasn't the funding secure - on BOTH sides of the river - before the project started??

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4dontbeafool(1699 comments)posted 1 year, 8 months ago

If Ky has control of the bridge, why is any Ohio money going towards it in the first place?

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5DSquared(1569 comments)posted 1 year, 8 months ago

And you wonder why this valley is depressed! Kasich is not doing this for his health. All of southwest Ohio is hoping for this bridge for economic reasons. Of course I wouldn't expect the mental midgets commenting above to understand this.

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6walter_sobchak(2421 comments)posted 1 year, 8 months ago

Ohio would be spending money on the project because bridges in my world have two abutments with a structure spanning over a river, railroad, valley, etc. as the article states, Ohio is doing highway work on the north side of the river on I-75. I think, if you look at a map, Ohio is on the north side of the river. But, the Cindy airport is in Covington, Ky. on the south side of the river. Such projects occur between states. And, most highway/bridge projects are funded through road and gas taxes collected in the states. Since an interstate highway is involved, I'm sure there are federal funds also involved; maybe even some Obama shovel-ready project money.

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