The Brent Spence Bridge carries twice the volume for which it was originally designed.
(Frankfurt, Ky.) – Governor Andy Beshear has unveiled his budget plan for making groundbreaking investments in the Commonwealth.
On Tuesday, Beshear reported that fiscal 2021 had an all-time record surplus revenue. Income estimates for the 2022-2024 biennium are brilliant with $ 1.9 billion more General Fund income than the current year’s budget.
One of the main local issues mentioned in the budget is that of transport projects. The Governor’s Budget proposes a historic investment of $ 250 million for major transportation projects, which includes the Brent Spence Companion Bridge Project.
“We are charting the way forward to build the Brent Spence toll-free companion bridge,” said the governor.
The Brent Spence Bridge was designed to carry 80 to 100,000 vehicles per day, but currently carries double that volume.
With adequate funding, an additional bridge would be built west of the current structure to help reduce congestion.
President Joe Biden recently signed a massive $ 1.2 trillion infrastructure bill, which will soon make federal funding available to improve bridges, roads, public transportation, and more.
The Brent Spence Bridge is a focal point of the bill.
ODOT and KYTC are awaiting advice from the federal level to apply for funds.
Both organizations are considering two potential designs for the new Brent Spence Bridge, including an arch bridge which can be seen in the video player below.
For more information on the governor’s budget plan, visit https://kentucky.gov/Pages/Activity-stream.aspx?n=GovernorBeshear&prId=1138.