May 13, 2014
Chamber supports Brent Spence Bridge legislation
The Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber last week announced support for legislation that would advance the Brent Spence Bridge Corridor Project. Calling the legislation "essential" to move the Brent Spence project forward in Ohio, the Chamber took the position on the same day legislation on the matter began moving through the Ohio House.
Specifically, if passed, the legislation will:
- Authorize 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 capture.
- 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.
- Make updates to ODOT’s P3 (public–private partnership) statute
“There is no project of more importance to the region than the replacement of the Brent Spence Bridge, that’s what I hear every day from our Chamber Members and from businesses looking to relocate here,” said Brian Carley, President & CEO of the Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber. “However, a project of this magnitude is not just a business priority, it has to be a priority for the entire region because it impacts us all in one way or another, be it in safety, in economic development or the overall quality of life we enjoy here,” Carley said
ODOT and the Chamber have been working for months with the legislative leadership in both chambers of the statehouse on these bills. Ohio Governor John Kasich, ODOT and legislative leadership are working to have the bills passed before legislators recess for the summer
“More than three-fourths of all jobs in Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky are within five miles of I-75, so the importance of replacing the bridge can’t be overstated” said Matt Davis, Vice-President of Government Affairs for the Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber. “We are pleased with the bipartisan support for this legislation and are optimistic that will keep this essential project moving forward quickly,” said Davis.
Brent Spence Bridge Fast Facts:
- Approximately $417 billion in freight crosses the bridge every year, equivalent to three percent of the Gross Domestic Product.he Brent Spence Bridge Corridor is a vital commerce connector to 10 states as far north as Michigan and as far south as Florida.
- Approximately 172,000 motor vehicles cross the Brent Spence Bridge daily.
- Motorists are three to five times more likely to have a wreck along the corridor than on any other portion of the interstate systems of Ohio, Kentucky or Indiana.
- Roughly 1.6 million gallons of fuel are wasted annually due to tra¬ffic congestion, which – under current bridge conditions – will increase to 5.7 million gallons peryear by 2030.
- Traffic congestion on the Brent Spence Bridge costs an average of 3.6 million hours of delay for passenger cars every year.
Spence Bridge Corridor project is of the greatest importance to our region. The
Chamber asks that you help us get that message to our legislators by sending a
letter in support for this essential legislation. Send a pre-written letter