To build a bridge in Northern Ky. quickly, coalition is first trying to sell the funding

01/16/2013 08:09 AM

The Build Our New Bridge Now coalition took its pitch to business leaders this week, urging them to get on board with a public-private partnership approach toward funding a new bridge — even if that means tolls.

Leaders of the coalition addressed the Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce’s Issues ‘n Eggs breakfast Tuesday. Their overarching point was that the privatized funding, coupled with government dollars would be the fastest way to start construction — potentially by 2015. The sooner it’s built, the sooner the region will see economic benefits.

A more than $2 billion bridge has been proposed to alleviate traffic pressure from the Brent Spence Bridge that carries I-75 and I-71 across the Ohio River to Cincinnati.

They have pointed to the two new bridges in Louisville, which will be partially funded with toll revenue.

But not everyone in Northern Kentucky is sold on the concept. Here’s a look at the latest round of arguments:

About Don Weber

Don Weber joined cn|2 when it launched back in May 2010 and soon became a reporter for Pure Politics. He is a graduate of Northern Kentucky University and has spent many years covering everything from politics to sports. Don says he loves meeting new people everyday as part of his job and also enjoys the fact that no two days are the same when he comes to work. Don Weber can be reached at donald.weber@twcnews.com.

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