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    May 27, 2014

    Chamber, coalition lauds advancement of bill related to Brent Spence Bridge Corridor Project

    Build Our New Bridge LogoOn 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 Coalition. 

    Brent Spence Bridge Fast Facts:

    • 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.
    • 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 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.

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