WASHINGTON (AP) – President Joe Biden on Monday announced his commercial proposal for the recently passed $ 1 trillion infrastructure bill, predicting that the notoriously congested bridge that sits in the backyard of Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell will finally receive the long-overdue repair.
Biden said in an interview with WKRC-TV that he expected the Brent Spence Bridge, which transports traffic across the Ohio River and connects Cincinnati to Northern Kentucky, would receive funding in a House bill passed last week and is expected to sign soon in law.
“You are all going to get over $ 10 billion in Kentucky,” Biden said in an interview. “It is listed as one of the most famous bridges in the country. And so I guess this will be a choice that your governors will make and they want to complete it. And we can do it right now. “
The president drew attention to a proposed two-state project that he lost in the 2020 elections to kickstart what is expected to be an expanded attempt by the entire administration to tell the country what the infrastructure law could mean for Americans.
In the coming weeks, Biden and cabinet members are expected to appear more frequently in the media and visit the country to cover what is in the legislation. The White House says Biden will visit Baltimore on Wednesday to highlight how the law will help Americans by modernizing ports and strengthening supply chains.
The busy Brent Spence Bridge has long been a bane of motorists in both states. The Federal Highway Administration declared the bridge to be functionally obsolete in the 1990s because more cars are passing through its narrow lanes than it was designed to.
Biden has previously pointed to the bridge project as a form of much needed infrastructure work that will finally be completed if Congress passes legislation. At CNN’s July town hall in Cincinnati, he casually mentioned the dangerously outdated Brent Spence, promising that his administration would “fix this damn bridge” if his law was passed.
In Kentucky, McConnell said Monday that he is “pleased” to see the infrastructure bill already being delivered to Biden’s desk and praised the bipartisan package he supported, even though he ridiculed the president’s broader social services at a cost of 1.75 trillion dollars and efforts to combat climate change are still on the way. through Congress.
“This is my first time coming here in a quarter century when I thought there might be a way forward over the Brent Spence Bridge,” McConnell told the audience at a stop in Covington, Kentucky.
He said that Kentucky will receive $ 4.6 billion from so-called “hard infrastructure”, and that it will be the responsibility of Frankfurt government officials to share it.
“I think not only in Kentucky, but across the country, there is a way to address these long-standing infrastructure problems,” McConnell said.
Kentucky Governor Andy Besheer said fixing the Brent Spence situation is a priority.
“I want this to be done,” Beshir said. “We’ve been talking about this for decades. This is our best opportunity to do so. I want to be the governor who gets it. What was once considered impossible now seems quite possible. “
Associated Press writer Lisa Mascaro provided the report. Schreiner reported from Frankfurt, Kentucky.