Clermont County Engineer, Pat Manger, estimates Bypass to cost Less than $2 Billion.
Yesterday, Citizens for the Cincy Eastern Bypass released an independent analysis by Clermont County Engineer, Patrick J. Manger, for the cost of the proposed Cincy Eastern Bypass. According to Manger, the cost of the Bypass is estimated at about $1.8 Billion which is almost $1 Billion less than the current plan for the Brent Spence Bridge.
“Northern Kentucky United has long believed the Cincy Eastern Bypass—with smaller geometric changes to the current Brent Spence Bridge—is a more cost-effective alternative to the current plan,” said Marisa McNee. “Mr. Manger’s independent estimate is welcome news. We look forward to sharing it with Governor Bevin and the Northern Kentucky Legislative Caucus.”
The Cincinnati Eastern Bypass is a proposal to substantially improve traffic flow capacity and driving safety on the I-75 and I-71 corridors. The Bypass will also provide economic growth and job opportunities in the Eastern part of the region.
Northern Kentucky United has called for modest improvements to the Brent Spence Bridge and the study of the Cincy Eastern Bypass to route thru-traffic around the urban core. Previous estimates have put the cost of improvements to the Bridge at about $100 million, with the cost of a new bypass estimated at $1.1 Billion. In total, about half the cost of the current plan for the Brent Spence Bridge.
Mr. Manger’s estimate provides further evidence that a robust study of the Cincy Eastern Bypass as a solution to the region’s transportation needs is both smart and necessary,” said McNee.
Earlier this year the Kentucky General Assembly prohibited tolls on the Brent Spence Bridge all but killing the project as currently proposed. The Clermont County Engineer’s independent estimate should come as welcome news to drivers and business owners in the Greater Cincinnati Region who are concerned about possible options for addressing the region’s transportation needs.
The proposed changes to the Brent Spence Bridge can be viewed here: http://www.nkyunited.com/is_there_an_alternative_to_the_brent_spence_bridge_corridor_plan