On behalf of the Ohio-Kentucky-Indiana Regional Council of Governments, thank you to Governor Bevin and Secretary Thomas for their resolute leadership on the Brent Spence Bridge Strategic Corridor Study. Relying on facts and straightforward data, Governor Bevin promised a fresh look at the Brent Spence corridor with thorough evaluation of alternatives. He has delivered on his promise.
It is monumental to have confirmation on the necessity of a new bridge on the Brent Spence corridor, based on solid evidence and advanced traffic demand modeling. Importantly, the study also recommends the reconstruction of the I-275 interchange at I-71/75, which will relieve congestion along the entire corridor and spur economic development.
However, the hardest part of this project lies ahead. The Commonwealth and the State, along with their respective legislatures, must now come together to forge a financing plan. OKI stands ready to support this crucial work.
Thanks to Governor Bevin and the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet, today is a meaningful step forward for our region.
The Ohio-Kentucky-Indiana Regional Council of Governments (OKI) is committed to improving safe transit and transportation options across the region through collaboration, strategic planning and economic development. Each year, OKI invests approximately $35 million in federal funding for projects throughout the region. Its 117 members represent government, business and community groups from nearly 200 communities in the eight-county, three-state region.