Governors tout discounted tolls for new Brent Spence bridge

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)

COVINGTON, Ky. (AP) – The governors of Ohio and Kentucky on Wednesday proposed a 50 percent discount on tolls for people who frequently commute across the Ohio River in an effort to accelerate plans to replace a decaying bridge that has become a symbol of the country’s infrastructure woes.

Democratic Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear and Republican Ohio Gov. John Kasich made the announcement at a joint news conference in Covington. The governors said the states would equally share the $2.6 billion cost to replace the Brent Spence Bridge and pledged to come with a plan to reduce that cost by March 30.

But the plan would have to be approved by the Kentucky legislature, which has so far been unwilling approve tolls as a way to pay for the project.

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