May 27, 2014
Chamber, coalition lauds advancement of bill related to Brent Spence Bridge Corridor Project
On Wednesday, May 21, the Ohio House of Representatives passed House
Bill 533 by a vote of 88-7, which will advance the Brent Spence Bridge (BSB)
Corridor Project by giving the Ohio Department of Transportation the tools it
needs to move forward with the project. If tolling is used on the BSB, the legislation would permit All Electronic Tolling (AET) which would allow for free-flow of
traffic throughout the corridor. The legislation received bi-partisan support and now moves to the Ohio Senate for consideration.
The Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber and the Build Our New
Bridge Now Coalition commend Speaker Batchelder and the Ohio House on its
leadership in passing House Bill 533 and thank the Representatives for their
appreciation of the importance of this project and their understanding of the
impact that the BSB Corridor has on our region. House Bill 533 will modernize
Ohio’s statute and better position the state to develop and operate a 21st
century transportation system.
“This collaborative, bi-partisan action by the Ohio House
shows the understanding the General Assembly has for the importance that the
Brent Spence Bridge Corridor plays not only to the region, but the entire
state. We are thankful and encouraged by it and hopeful for similar support
from the Senate,” said Matt Davis, Vice President, Government Affairs at
Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber and Director of the Build Our New Bridge Now
Brent Spence Bridge
- Approximately $417
billion in freight crosses the bridge every year, equivalent to three percent
of the Gross Domestic Product.
- The Brent Spence
Bridge Corridor is a vital commerce connector to 10 states as far north as
Michigan and as far south as Florida.
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 traffic congestion, which – under
current bridge conditions – will increase to 5.7 million gallons per year by 2030.
- Traffic congestion
on the Brent Spence Bridge costs an average of 3.6 million hours of delay for
passenger cars every year.