June 17, 2014
Kasich signs HB 533 in Cincinnati
Governor Kasich signed House Bill 533 into law last Wednesday June 11 in an afternoon bill-signing ceremony at Paul Brown Stadium. The event was attended by members of the Build Our Bridge Now Coalition, business, community and government leaders, including Coalition co-chairs Bobby Fisher, CEO of Washing Systems, and Tom Williams, President and CEO of North American Properties.
“This is not an easy issue to tackle and we must remember that much work remains,” Williams commented in his remarks at the ceremony, “House Bill 533 is an innovative and important piece of legislation that will move the new Brent Spence Bridge Corridor closer to reality and we thank the Governor and the General Assembly for their leadership.”
Primary House sponsors of the bill are Rep. Dale Mallory, D-Cincinnati, and Rep. Ross McGregor, R-Springfield.
The Ohio Senate passed HB 533 on June 4 by a vote of 31-0. The bill passed the Ohio House of Representatives on May 21 by a vote of 88-7.
The legislation will:
- Make updates to ODOT’s P3 (public–private partnership) statute
- Authorize the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) to use All Electronic Tolling (AET) in the state. While ODOT already has tolling authority, it will allow for better technology to be used in collecting the user fee in a completely cashless transaction.
- Give ODOT the authority to enforce AET and set up a system of due process.
- Place privacy controls on the information collected through the AET system.
“Our legislative delegation’s commitment to the project was key to getting this critical bill over the finish line,” said Matt Davis, Director of the Build Our New Bridge Now Coalition. “Southwest Ohio legislators rolled up their sleeves and did the heavy lifting by convincing their colleagues from around the state to lend their support to the effort.”
The 50-year-old Brent Spence Bridge is an unsafe, overcrowded span that carries more than 175,000 vehicles a day, more than double what it was built to accommodate. Each day, 40,000 trucks carry more than $1 billion in freight across the bridge. Daily backups on the bridge contribute to gridlock, lost productivity and dangerous, time-consuming commutes.
Replacing the bridge is expected to cost an estimated $2.5 billion. Because of inflation, this cost increases $8 million for each month that construction of the bridge is delayed.
Read coverage of the event here:
Kasich signs bill for tolls onBrent Spence Bridge [video] - Joe Webb, WKRC
Kasich: Ohio's done its part onBrent Spence Bridge - Jason Williams, Enquirer
Pichler: Time for Kentucky toact on bridge - JoshPichler, Enquirer
Kasich to Ky. After Brent Spencebill signing: Your turn - Chris Wetterich, Cincinnati BusinessCourier
Stakeholders gathered at Paul Brown Stadium for the signing of House Bill 533.
State Senator Bill Seitz, co-sponsor of legislation to advance the bridge project, explained the impact of House Bill 533.
Build Our New Bridge Now Coalition Co-Chairman Tom Williams "dots the 'i'" in Governor Kasich's signature on House Bill 533.