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    Broad Coalition Asks Kentucky Legislature to Meet Funding Needs for Brent Spence Bridge

    Washington, D.C. – On February 28, 2012 Congressman Geoff Davis and eighty-four organizations, businesses and government officials sent a letter urging the Kentucky General Assembly to allocate needed funding for the Brent Spence Bridge Project.

    The General Assembly is responsible for allocating both State and federal transportation dollars.  It is estimated that Kentucky will have a total of $4 billion to spend on transportation projects for this biennial budget, including $2.4 billion in federal funds.

    The letter, addressed to Senate President David Williams and House Speaker Greg Stumbo, asks the General Assembly to meet a $24.22 million funding gap in Governor Steve Beshear’s fiscal year (FY) 2013 funding request.  This shortfall could stall completion of the project’s detailed design phase.  The project requires $68 million by the start of State FY 2013, but the Governor’s request only provides for $43.78 million.

    “Replacing the Brent Spence Bridge is crucial to Kentucky’s economy,” said Davis.  “The current bridge is out-of-date and over-capacity, and the Commonwealth needs a more reliable artery to ensure the secure flow of travelers and commerce.  While I appreciate Governor Beshear’s initial recommendations for the Brent Spence Bridge, I urge the Kentucky General Assembly to meet this critical funding need.”  The letter can be read in its entirety below or by clicking here.  Additionally, you can read more about Congressman Davis’ work on the Brent Spence Bridge Project by clicking here.

    February 28, 2012

    Senator David Williams, Senate President
    Kentucky State Capitol, Frankfort, KY  40601
    Representative Greg Stumbo, House Speaker
    Kentucky State Capitol, Frankfort, KY  40601

    Dear Mr. President and Mr. Speaker:

    As the General Assembly develops the next Highway Plan, we urge you to ensure that it includes sufficient funds for the Brent Spence Bridge Project so that it can continue to make progress.

    The project engineers estimate that $68 million is required by the start of FY2013 to adequately fund the next phase of the project without delay.

    The engineers inform us that $22.26 million remains available from the $46.5 million secured for the project by Senator Jim Bunning, Senator George Voinovich and Congressman Geoff Davis in 2005.

    Governor Steve Beshear’s budget recommendations include that $22.26 million plus an additional $6.52 million in FY2012 (for a total of $28.78 million); $15 million in FY2013; and $15 million in FY2014.

    In order to bid out the detailed design phase on schedule, a total of $68 million must be allocated by the General Assembly.  For this reason, we are requesting that the General Assembly: 1) sustain the Governor’s recommended funding levels for FY2012; and 2) for FY2013, increase the recommended $15 million to $39.22 million.  In addition, the Governor’s recommended $15 million in FY2014 should also be sustained.

    The Brent Spence Bridge project will ultimately cost between $2 and $3 billion to complete.  To date, the funds dedicated to the project in the last federal highway bill have sustained progress.  However, they are no longer sufficient on their own to carry the project forward to the completion of the next phase.

    The Brent Spence Bridge is essential infrastructure to the Commonwealth’s economy, and the aging bridge cannot meet increasing demand.  The bridge is a critical transportation artery for Kentucky as well as the nation.  Over $400 billion of freight crosses the Brent Spence Bridge annually.  That figure is expected to increase in real dollars to $830 billion by 2030.

    The new capacity resulting from the project will provide sustained growth for the future while reducing congestion and pollutants experienced by many Kentuckians and Ohioans.  The project will reduce commercial and other travel time and their associated costs by millions of dollars per year.

    The Brent Spence Bridge is also overcrowded, unsafe and, according to the Federal Highway Administration, “functionally obsolete.”  Completed in 1963, the bridge was built to accommodate 80,000 vehicles daily.  Traffic has now more than doubled and this overburden has created significant safety hazards.  To accommodate more traffic, the breakdown lanes were removed in 1986, and in June 2011 a man tragically lost his life after his vehicle broke down on the bridge.

    For the biennial budget, Kentucky is estimated to have a total of $4 billion to spend on transportation projects, including about $2.4 billion in federal funds.  As you know, the General Assembly is tasked with determining how to allocate this money.

    As business leaders; federal, State, and local officials; and members of the community dedicated to the betterment, development and safety of all Kentuckians and Ohioans, we ask you to provide $28.78 million in FY2012, $39.22 million in FY2013, and $15 million in FY2014 for the Brent Spence Bridge in the Highway Plan you will enact this session.

    Thank you for your service and attention to this matter.  We pledge our efforts to work with you to accommodate this request.  Please do not hesitate to contact us if we can be of any assistance.

    Sincerely,

    Geoff Davis, U.S. Representative, Fourth District of Kentucky

    Joseph M. Fischer, State Representative, Kentucky House District 68

    Dennis Keene, State Representative, Kentucky House District 67

    Sal Santoro, State Representative, Kentucky House District 60

    Alecia Webb-Edgington, State Representative, Kentucky House District 63

    Addia Katherine Wuchner, State Representative, Kentucky House District 66

    Steve Arlinghaus, County Judge/Executive, Kenton County

    Henry Bertram, County Judge/Executive, Pendleton County

    Earl Bush, County Judge/Executive, Bracken County

    Kenneth McFarland, County Judge/Executive, Gallatin County

    Gary Moore, County Judge/Executive, Boone County

    Steve Pendery, County Judge/Executive, Campbell County

    Mark Policinski, Executive Director, Ohio-Kentucky-Indiana Regional Council of Governments

    Daniel E. Tobergte, President and Chief Executive Officer, Northern Kentucky Tri-ED

    Daniel Bell, Mayor, City of Taylor Mill, Kentucky

    Mary H. Brown, Mayor, City of Fort Thomas, Kentucky

    Don Catchen, Mayor, City of Park Hills, Kentucky

    Jim Hamberg, Mayor, City of Southgate, Kentucky

    Dave Jansing, Mayor, City of Lakeside Park, Kentucky

    Paula Jolley, Mayor, City of Walton, Kentucky

    Don Kirby, Mayor, City of Union, Kentucky

    Marty Lenhof, Mayor, City of Elsmere, Kentucky

    John Link, Mayor, City of Edgewood, Kentucky

    Mike Martin, Mayor, City of Villa Hills, Kentucky

    Paul Meier, Mayor, City of Crestview Hills, Kentucky

    Chris Moriconi, Mayor, City of Independence, Kentucky

    Joe Nienaber, Mayor, City of Fort Wright, Kentucky

    Jerry Peluso, Mayor, City of Newport, Kentucky

    Bill Rachford, Mayor, City of Alexandria, Kentucky

    David Radford, Mayor, City of Bromley, Kentucky

    Edward Riehl, Mayor, City of Bellevue, Kentucky

    Tom Rouse, Mayor, City of Erlanger, Kentucky

    Charles R. Scheper, Mayor, City of Covington, Kentucky

    Mark Stoeber, Mayor, City of Cold Spring, Kentucky

    Stanley Turner, Mayor, City of Wilder, Kentucky

    Diane Whalen, Mayor, City of Florence, Kentucky

    Chris Wiest, Mayor, City of Fort Mitchell, Kentucky

    Kenneth Wynn, Mayor, City of Ludlow, Kentucky

    Dr. James Votruba, President, Northern Kentucky University

    Dr. Ed Hughes, President and Chief Executive Officer, Gateway Community and Technical

    College

    Sister Margaret Stallmeyer, President, Thomas More College

    Candace S. McGraw, Chief Executive Officer, Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International

    Airport

    Andrew Aiello, General Manager, Transit Authority of Northern Kentucky

    Steven D. Hensley, Director, Kenton County Office of Emergency Management

    William Turner, Director, Campbell County Office of Emergency Management

    Steve Stevens, President & Chief Executive Officer, Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce

    Ellen G. van der Horst, President and Chief Executive Officer, Cincinnati Chamber of

    Commerce

    Robert L. Quick, President and Chief Executive Officer, Commerce Lexington, Inc.

    Dan Freese, Chairman, Associated Builders and Contractors, Ohio Valley Chapter

    Gary Lindgren, Executive Director, Cincinnati Business Committee

    Jack Moreland, President, Southbank Partners

    Kentucky Association of REALTORS

    Northern Kentucky Association of REALTORS®, Inc

    3M

    Bank of Kentucky, Inc.

    Dr. Ray Takigiku, President and Chief Executive Officer, Bexion Pharmaceuticals

    Brent Cooper, President, C-Forward Information Technologies

    Kevin Sell, Chairman, CARE Mission, Alexandria

    Jeff Waldal, Corporate Vice President, Ceradyne, Inc.

    DHL

    Julie Janson, President, Duke Energy Kentucky and Ohio

    Larry Ezell, Vice President and General Manager, DRS Technologies

    Dave Hehman, President and Chief Executive Officer, Federal Home Loan Bank of Cincinnati

    Kevin Canafax, Vice President Public Affairs, Fidelity Investments (Midwest Region)

    Fruit of the Loom

    GE Aviation in Erlanger

    Gregory Kenny, Chief Executive Officer, General Cable

    Chris Goddard, Chief Executive Officer, Health Point Family Care

    Hofbräuhaus Newport

    Janeric Enterprises LLC

    Charles Ducas, Senior Vice President, Kentucky Trailer

    Larae Development Company

    Daniel Janka, President, MAG

    Brian Papke, President, Mazak Corporation

    Chris McDaniel, President, McD Concrete

    Eric Haas, President, National Band and Tag Company

    Newport Investment Company

    Mike Downing, President, RSVP Homecare

    John S. Dubis, President and Chief Executive Officer, St. Elizabeth Healthcare

    Jason Looman, President, Steinert US

    Jan Haas, Directress, Trent Montessori

    Shigeki Terashi, President, Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America,

    Inc.

    Mark Mosley, Chief Executive Officer, United Group Services

    Mark Giuffre, Director, State Government Affairs, UPS

    Ken Warden, Broker/Owner, WARDEN & ASSOCIATES, REALTORS

     

    cc: Governor Steve Beshear

    Kentucky Transportation Cabinet Secretary Mike Hancock

    Senator R.J. Palmer, Minority Floor Leader

    Senator Ernie Harris, Chairman, Committee on Transportation

    Senator Brandon Smith, Vice Chairman, Committee on Transportation

    Senator Bob Leeper, Chairman, Committee on Appropriations and Revenue

    Representative Jeff Hoover, Minority Floor Leader

    Representative Hubert Collins, Chairman, Committee on Transportation

    Representative Leslie Combs, Vice Chairman, Committee on Transportation

    Representative Marie Rader, Vice Chairman, Committee on Transportation

    Representative Tommy Turner, Vice Chairman, Committee on Transportation

    Representative Rick Rand, Chairman, Committee on Appropriations and Revenue

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