Louisville bridge and Brent Spence Bridge get funding in road bill House approves Friday

03/16/2012 04:19 PM

The state House of Representatives sent to the Senate a 2-year road plan today that prioritizes $3.5 billion worth of highway construction and maintenance projects.

House Bill 266, which includes funding for state Transportation Cabinet operations and projects, and House Bill 267, which includes the state road plan for 2013 and 2014, both passed the House by identical votes of 88 to 4.

House Bill 266, would appropriate $758 million over the biennium for state supported construction including $240 million for blacktopping, $646 million for highway maintenance and nearly $1.3 billion in federally supported construction over the biennium among other provisions.

It would also require the Cabinet to work with the state of Ohio to submit a mutual plan for work on the Brent Spence Bridge in Northern Kentucky and authorizes specific work on the Louisville bridges project.

Rep. Sannie Overly, D-Paris, explained the bill on the House floor and said it includes $50 million per year for the Louisville bridges in 2013 and 2014.

In addition, $28.8 million is appropriated for studies and design work with regard to the Brent Spence bridge.

State Representive Arnold Simpson (D) Covington, wanted House Bill 267 co-sponsor Rick Rand (D) Bedford, to confirm that bill didn’t include tolls on a new Brent Spence Bridge.

The House also approved House Joint Resolution 77, which approved projects recommended for the last four “out” years of the six-year road plan.

House Bill 266, House Bill 267 and House Joint Resolution 77 now go to the Senate for consideration.

Don Weber

Don Weber is a Video Journalist for Spectrum News and covers politics and education on Pure Politics, Kentucky’s only nightly program dedicated to state politics. Don is a lifelong Kentuckian and a graduate of Northern Kentucky University. He spent many years covering sports in the Northern Kentucky area before shifting primarily to politics. You can watch Don’s work weeknights at 7:00 and 11:30 on Pure Politics, available exclusively on Spectrum News, HD Channels 403 and 715. If you have a story idea you can reach Don at donald.weber@charter.com.

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