Every day, more than 172,000 vehicles cross the Brent Spence Bridge. The bridge does more than connect Ohio and Kentucky. It connects manufacturers with their customers and workers with their jobs. It connects the United States with the world economy. The freight that crosses the bridge is equal to three percent of the nation’s GDP.
But as those in the Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky area know too well, this vital bridge has fallen into disrepair. The Federal Highway Administration classifies the bridge as functionally obsolete. Investments to replace it are repeatedly delayed, even though it has been forced to accommodate more than twice the traffic it was built to carry.