Tag: Brent Spence Bridge

A Bridge Too Far


You know all those rusting bridges that President Obama wants to spend billions more dollars repairing to allegedly stimulate the economy?

He’s headed out to one today which he’s described as a “bridge that needs repair between Ohio and Kentucky that’s on one of the busiest trucking routes in North America.” It is on a busy trucking route, spanning the Ohio River between Covington, Ky., and Cincinnati.

It’s the Brent Spence Bridge. It doesn’t really need repairs. It’s got decades of good life left in its steel spans. It’s just overloaded. The bridge was built to handle 85,000 cars and trucks a day, which seemed like a lot back during construction in the Nixon era.

Today, the bridge sort of handles more than 150,000 vehicles a day with frequent jam-ups.

So, plans are not to repair or replace the Brent Spence Bridge. But to build another bridge nearby to ease the loads.

It goes on to note that new bridge isn’t even close to “shovel ready”. Locals anticipate not starting until 2015 and not finishing until 2022. See my earlier post on the absurdity of taking 11 years to build a bridge (the Golden Gate, in the 1930’s, only took four years).

Really, it’s symbolic of just how quickly this jobs bill has crashed and burned. Actually, that’s overstating the case. The jobs bill fell apart on the factory floor due to a union strike. Obama couldn’t even get the Democrats to introduce it; Louis Gohmert pushed his own bill in as the “American Jobs Act”. So that’s left Obama campaigning for a bill that either doesn’t exist or consists of eliminating the corporate income tax system.

It’s a 2012 campaign stunt. That’s all it is and all it will ever be.