Vote on whether you favor using tolls to fund building a new bridge to replace the existing Brent Spence Bridge at http://www.bizjournals.com/…/do-you-favor-a-toll-t…/19255032.
While we sit around and twiddle our thumbs here in Northern Kentucky, Louisville is getting ready to open its new bridge to the public next month.
No wonder transportation and logistics companies are flocking to Louisville instead of Northern Kentucky/Greater Cincinnati.
Jerry Wray, director of the Ohio Department of Transportation, and Mike Hancock, secretary of the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet, wrote a joint column in the Cincinnati Enquirer this week about the I-71/75 "bypass" that has been proposed by homebuilders Matth Toebben, Henry Fischer, Steve Frank, and others.
In the column, they debunk many of the claims made by proponents of the bypass project. They say that a bypass would not alleviate congestion issues on the BSB and would cost double the amount of the new bridge between Cincinnati and Covington.
Wray and Hancock said that the transportation departments of both states "must continue to work to find a real solution that can bring not only traffic congestion relief, but huge economic benefits to both states – not an idea promoted by land developers for the sake of land development."
Both heads of ODOT and KYTC say the proposed eastern bypass,known as the home builder highway, is not a viable alternative to the Brent Spence Bridge Corridor. Read link.
Our legislators from downstate recognize what needs to be done to build a new Brent Spence Bridge. It's a shame that Northern Kentucky legislators, whose constituents fight the bridge traffic every day, don't have the same view.
Matt Davis, Director of Build our New Bridge Now Coalition, speaking on Capitol Hill about this important infrastructure. We must encourage our elected officials to find "real" solutions to solve this important issue.
“Only a limited amount of traffic would potentially divert to a bypass, so the end result would still include an over-burdened Brent Spence Bridge with safety and geometric deficiencies.”
Unfortunately, this is a pretty common side effect of morning congestion due to the Brent Spence Bridge Corridor - diversion. Here is a pic of cars flooding Dixie Highway during morning rush hour.
The KYTC and ODOT give Fischer's Highway Plan a "reality check." Read KYTC Secretary Hancock and ODOT Director Wray's joint letter to Henry Fischer.
Public Opinion Strategies, a nationally recognized polling firm used by Congressman Barr and Guthrie, Ag Commissioner Jamie Comer, Sen. Damon Thayer, Sen. Mitch McConnell and KY Republican Party performed poll of likely voters in Northern Kentucky. "59% of voters would support a BSB funding plan comprised of “…a combination of federal and local revenues, including tolls.”
Visit www.buildournewbridgenow.com to learn more about the results.
The first step in passing House Bill 443 (Public-Private Partnerships) was accomplished around noon today when the House Appropriations and Revenue Committee passed a "clean" P3 bill.
The committee approved HB 443 with an overwhelmingly majority and voted against amendments proposed by Rep. Arnold Simpson (D-Covington) that would have tainted the bill.
The next step is the bill passing the full House. It’s expected the bill could be voted on the House floor in the next couple of days.
Did you see the article ran in the Wall Street Journal today titled, “Neglected Roads and Bridges Take Toll on U.S. Companies,” which featured the problems with congestion and delay caused by the Brent Spence Bridge?
In the article, educational publisher Cengage Learning Inc, which operates a facility in Mason, Ohio, complained that the Brent Spence Bridge creates havoc as the company’s boxes of textbooks snake along one of the busiest trucking routes and can get trapped on ...the bridge on their way to the airport.
Cengage reserves space on a weekly plane to the United Kingdom struggles to get its shipments to the airport in time, the newspaper reported. “If one thing goes wrong, we miss the flight” said Gary Bentle, Cengage’s vice president of global transportation. “All we can do is wait another week.”
WSJ reported that the 50-year-old bridge was built to handle 80,000 cars and trucks a day, but now carries more than twice that traffic and that chunks of concrete fell from the bridge and crushed a car parked below in September.
The article also reported that average daily truck delays cost United Parcel Service up to $105 million a year.
Transport is one of the weakest links in the corporate supply chain. Mile after mile, America’s crumbling infrastructure adds to the cost of moving parts, equipment and inventory across the country, the WSJ reported.
The resulting loss of sales could total $1 trillion between 2012 and 2020, while reduced productivity and higher expenses could drain $3.1 trillion from the nation’s gross domestic product, according to a 2013 study by the American Society of Civil Engineers.
For many businesses, time is money, and it’s running out: funding for the federal Highway Trust Fund lapses on May 31.
But sporadic funding for the system over the past decade has amounted to pothole patches, and with the White House and Congress unable to strike a deal on infrastructure spending, pressure is growing on state and local governments to pick up the slack by financing highway and bridge improvements with toll roads, the newspaper reports.
Another collision on the approach to the Brent Spence Bridge yesterday, injuring a father and son. The father was trying to change a flat tire when the tractor trailer crashed into their vehicle.
In 2007, Rep. Santoro, Wuchner, and others sponsored a resolution recognizing serious safety issues on the Brent Spence Bridge and its economic impact. These officials have an opportunity to keep this project moving forward by passing HB443. Call 1-800-372-7181 and leave a message.
"WHEREAS, the annual crash rate per lane mile on the Brent Spence Bridge exceeds the Kentucky Interstate system accident rate by an astonishing 750 percent..." - HR 40 (2007)
TBT: In 2006, the KYTC Dist. 6 and ODOT Dist. 8 completed a joint safety analysis on the Brent Spence Corridor. “Overall, the corridor has a crash rate of 3.54 acc/mvmt, which is more than two times greater than the statewide average rate of 1.338 acc/mvmt.” - Joint safety analysis. Visit www.buildournewbridgenow.com and demand that we keep this project moving forward by passing HB443.