Highway being pushed by Brent Spence opponents would bring suburban sprawl, dramatic change to the south end of the county
Residents of rural southern Kenton County have made clear that they don’t want the traffic and development that a new highway being pushed by Brent Spence Bridge opponents would bring to their community.
Here is an excerpt from a Feb. 1 Kentucky Enquirer article on John Stanton, the new Kenton County Director of External Affairs:
“Stanton has already been to a meeting of Southern Kenton County residents, along with Commissioner Beth Sewell and other Kenton County staff. The neighbors are determined to maintain the rural nature of their part of the county, and to protect their homes and farms and land.”
Over the last two weeks, Brent Spence Bridge opponents have called for construction of a new road directly through the farms and rural communities of southern Kenton County, a notion that would completely destroy the character of the community by attracting suburban sprawl, “big box” development, and increased traffic. Bridge opponents still offer no solution to replacing the 52-year-old Brent Spence Bridge, which is dangerous, overcrowded, and a daily source of traffic gridlock.
Northern Kentucky homebuilder Henry Fischer is pushing the proposal to build a highway through southern Kenton County. Read the Kentucky Enquirer story, “Homebuilder pushes Brent Spence alternative,” here:
The people of southern Kenton County don’t want a highway cutting through miles of what is now a rural community. Those pushing for alternatives to the Brent Spence Corridor plan have offered no plans on how to pay for a new road, nor have they explained how the project would solve the safety and traffic problems that continue to accrue on the Brent Spence Bridge.
“Now is not the time for wild speculation about new roads that do nothing to address the core issues of safety and gridlock on the Brent Spence Corridor,” said Matt Davis, director of the Build Our New Bridge Coalition, a group of large and small businesses, individuals, government officials, organized labor, and community leaders who are advocating for a new Brent Spence Bridge Corridor.
“When Kentucky lawmakers return to Frankfort this week for the remaining six weeks of the Kentucky General Assembly session, they need to enact legislation that would allow Public Private Partnerships, also known as P3, to be used for accelerate the completion and lower the cost of major transportation projects like the Brent Spence Bridge,” Davis said.
A vote on P3 will not enact tolls on the bridge, but it will allow a P3 to potentially be used on the corridor project. A financial plan for the project would then be developed, and it would be voted on during the 2016 legislative session of the Kentucky General Assembly.
“The time has come for action on one of the most important and critically needed transportation projects in the history of Greater Cincinnati,” Davis said.