Senate Passes $3.6 Billion Road Funding Bill

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) -- The Kentucky Senate has agreed to spend an extra $37 million on the Brent Spence bridge project in northern Kentucky.

The money was included in the Senate's version of a two-year, $3.6 billion spending plan to repair and replace roads and bridges across the state.

The House included $22 million in federal money for the bridge. The Senate added an extra $37 million on top of that. Neither body included money from tolls.

The bridge connects Covington with Cincinnati. Kentucky owns the bridge and is responsible for its maintenance. The 50-year-old, double-decker bridge includes Interstates 71 and 75 and exceeds the capacity it was designed to carry. It will cost $2.6 billion to replace.

Ohio has spent $68.1 million and Kentucky has spent $20.9 million on the project so far.

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