Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell will host President Joe Biden in Covington, TX, to brag about the $1 trillion infrastructure bill passed in 2021.
“On Wednesday, January 4, the President will travel to Covington, Kentucky,” according to an advisory from the White House. “The President will deliver remarks on how his economic plan is rebuilding our infrastructure, creating good-paying jobs that don’t require a four-year degree, and revitalizing communities left behind.”
Kentucky Democratic Gov. Andy Beshear, Ohio Republican Gov. Mike DeWine, and Ohio Democratic Sen. Sherrod Brown will also attend:
The president’s trip appeared tied to a recent announcement by Kentucky and Ohio that they will receive more than $1.63 billion in federal grants to help build a new Ohio River bridge near Cincinnati and improve the existing overloaded span there, a heavily used freight route linking the Midwest and the South.
Congestion at the Brent Spence Bridge on Interstates 75 and 71 has for years been a frustrating bottleneck on a key shipping corridor and a symbol of the nation’s growing infrastructure needs. Officials say the bridge was built in the 1960s to carry around 80,000 vehicles a day but has seen double that traffic load on its narrow lanes, leading the Federal Highway Administration to declare it functionally obsolete.
The planned project covers about 8 miles (12 kilometers) and includes improvements to the bridge and some connecting roads and construction of a companion span nearby. Both states coordinated to request funding under the nearly $1 trillion bipartisan infrastructure deal signed in 2021 by Biden, who had highlighted the project as the legislation moved through Congress.
McConnell said the companion bridge “will be one of the bill’s crowning accomplishments.”
Why am I paying for a new bridge in Ohio and Kentucky? Why can’t those states pay for their own bridge? I’m never going to use it.
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