Biden delivers remarks in Cincy

By Ethan Nichols, World News Editor

President Joe Biden traveled to Covington, Kentucky, this week to deliver remarks regarding a $1.6 billion investment to upgrade and improve the Brent Spence Bridge. The funding is a part of a nearly $1 trillion investment in infrastructure spending passed by Congress and signed by Biden in 2021.

The bridge improvement plan involves building a companion bridge alongside the existing Brent Spence Bridge spanning the Ohio River and connecting Cincinnati to Northern Kentucky. 

Biden spent his visit delivering remarks alongside Sen. Mitch McConnell R-Ky., Sen. Sherrod Brown D-Ohio, former Sen. Rob Portman (R-OH), Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear, Ohio Governor Mike DeWine (OH) and Cincinnati Mayor Aftab Pureval.

“I believe it sends an important message… to the entire country,” Biden said of the new infrastructure bill that is providing the majority of the funding to make the project possible. “We can work together. We can get things done. We can move the nation forward.”

In total, the project is estimated to cost roughly $3.6 billion. Funding will come from multiple sources. In addition to the $1.6 billion provided in federal grants provided by the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, Ohio and Kentucky will provide a mix of state and federal dollars to cover the rest of the project.

“After years of politics being so divisive, there are bright spots across the country. The Brent Spence Bridge is one of them,” Biden said.

In a demonstration of the bipartisan nature of the project, DeWine spoke in support the project and expressed his gratitude for the federal support and dollars. 

“The truth is this bridge cannot be built without these federal dollars. We’re rolling. We don’t have too many days to go until we really kick this thing off,” DeWine said.

Portman, has long supported efforts to fix and repair the bridge and other related infrastructure improvement projects along the Ohio River.

“We’re finally going to get it fixed, folks,” Portman said.

In addition to Biden’s visit to Ohio and Kentucky last week, Vice President Kamala Harris spoke on similar infrastructure issues in Chicago. Harris discussed “how the President’s economic plan is rebuilding our infrastructure, creating good-paying jobs – jobs that don’t require a four-year degree, and revitalizing communities left behind,” according to a White House announcement. 

Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg delivered similar remarks in New London, Connecticut on Wednesday.