Kasich: Ohio will keep spending on bridge project

Brent Spence Bridge
The 1960's built Brent Spence Bridge over the Ohio River that connects northern Kentucky with Cincinnati is shown, Tuesday, Sept. 20, 2011, from Covington, Ky. (AP Photo/Al Behrman)

CINCINNATI (AP) — Ohio’s governor says the state will keep moving ahead on a major Ohio River bridge project that’s in funding trouble on the Kentucky side.

Gov. John Kasich tells The Cincinnati Enquirer he still has confidence that there will be funding from Kentucky, which has control of the bridge.

Kentucky legislators are opposing tolls to help pay for a project estimated at $2.6 billion. Ohio has committed $84 million to bridge-related highway work, and Kasich says he doesn’t want to do anything to slow the project.

Kasich says he believes Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear and other leaders will figure out a way on bridge funding.

The five-decade-old bridge between Cincinnati and Covington, Ky., is considered functionally obsolete because of excessive traffic, narrow lanes and other issues.

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