Barack Obama is heading to Ohio today to promote his latest spending plan at the Ohio-Kentucky Brent Spence Bridge… Obama wants to repair the bridge with his proposed stimulus cash. He even mentioned the bridge in his campaign speech to Congress to promote his latest “stimulus.”
In this June 30, 2011 file photo, traffic crosses the Brent Spence Bridge on southbound Interstate 71/75 linking Cincinnati and Covington, Ky. The outdated and overcrowded bridge has become part of President Barack Obama’s pitch for his plan to create jobs, an example of a lagging infrastructure fix plucked from the states of Republican leadership in Congress. (AP/The Enquirer, Carrie Cochran)
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Unfortunately, fixing the bridge is not the plan. The two states are going to build a new bridge nearby instead.
LA Times Blog reported:
You know all those rusting bridges that President Obama wants to spend billions more dollars repairing to allegedly stimulate the economy?
He’s headed out to one today which he’s described as a “bridge that needs repair between Ohio and Kentucky that’s on one of the busiest trucking routes in North America.” It is on a busy trucking route, spanning the Ohio River between Covington, Ky., and Cincinnati.
It’s the Brent Spence Bridge. It doesn’t really need repairs. It’s got decades of good life left in its steel spans. It’s just overloaded. The bridge was built to handle 85,000 cars and trucks a day, which seemed like a lot back during construction in the Nixon era.
Today, the bridge sort of handles more than 150,000 vehicles a day with frequent jam-ups.
So, plans are not to repair or replace the Brent Spence Bridge. But to build another bridge nearby to ease the loads.
But here’s the problem, as John Merline graphically notes here, that could screw up all those envisioned photo op shots of the Democrat and the traffic:
The president’s jobs bill is designed for “immediate” highway spending.
And the new $2.3 billion Cincy bridge is not scheduled to even start construction for probably four years, long after Republicans have scheduled the Obama presidency for completion.
And without delays, it wouldn’t be finished until 2022, when no one will be counting Obama’s rounds of golf.