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Ohio, Kentucky governors make second funding request for Brent Spence Bridge Corridor Project

COLUMBUS — Ohio Governor Mike DeWine and Kentucky Andy Beshear announced Wednesday the two states jointly submitted a second federal funding application to support bridge and roadway improvements along the eight-mile Brent Spence Bridge Corridor Project, according to a media release.

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The new funding request was made to the Bridge Investment Program and is in addition to the still-pending funding request made in May to the Multimodel Projects Discretionary grant Program.

Ohio and Kentucky said in both applications that a total of $1.66 billion in federal grant funding is needed to the project, the release said.

“Now, more than ever, our national economy depends on the efficient movement of people, goods, and services on our Federal Interstate System,” Governor DeWine said.

He added that the Brent Spence Bridge Corridor Project is long overdue and that residents deserve to have highway infrastructure upgrades become a reality.

“Ohio and Kentucky continue to work closely with our federal partners to secure the funding we need to invest in our future through the transformation of this critical corridor,” said DeWine.

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Governor Beshear said the time to act is now.

“There is a tremendous sense of urgency surrounding this project because we recognize how important it is for the people we serve,” he said. “I want us to be able to break ground next year.”

The states are applying to multiple Bipartisan Infrastructure Law grant programs to give themselves the best chance of receiving maximum funding, the release said.