Last week, our region moved one step closer to having a “shovel in the ground” and beginning construction on the Brent Spence Bridge Project. The Cincinnati Enquirer reported on the FONSI , Finding of No Significant Impact, which is a study done by the Federal Highway Administration that analyzes the impact of a project on the quality of its environment. This is usually the last approval needed for construction to begin, however in the case of our new Ohio River Bridge and the economic squeeze, the historic processes are no longer applicable. There are still significant decisions to be made before construction on the new Brent Spence can begin.
- Ohio and Kentucky must formally agree to sharing authority of the process.
- Ohio must complete its value for money study, which will look at funding models for the project.
- Ohio and Kentucky must agree on a framework and timeline to develop the project.
- Funding from all levels of government and all potential sources must be pursued.
By Matt Davis, Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber