From the Vault: Promises of progress on Northern Ky. and Louisville bridges span decades

04/24/2011 01:40 PM

Last week, Democratic Gov. Steve Beshear met with Ohio’s Republican Gov. John Kasich to talk about, among other things, the prospect of rebuilding the bridge between Cincinnati and Covington.

Beshear and Kasich said they would work on forging public-private partnerships to pay for the estimated $2.5 billion for a re-worked Brent Spence Bridge.

That sounded very familiar. Earlier this year, Beshear and Indiana’s Republican Gov. Mitch Daniels made similar proclamations at a forum for contractors interested in working on the proposed bridges between Louisville and Indiana.

It also sounded familiar because Kentuckians have been hearing similar pledges and promises for decades.

In the Pure Politics “From the Vault” segment, we found an interview from late 1990 or early 1991 in which then-Kentucky Gov. Wallace Wilkinson said a formal agreement with Ohio over a new bridge was imminent.

He made the comments after meeting with Ohio Gov. Dick Celeste. The meeting took place toward the end of Celeste’s tenure, which ended in mid-January 1991. Wilkinson served as Kentucky’s governor from December 1987 to December 1991.

- Reporting by Kenny Colston

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