OKI Admits it Hasn't Done the Math on the Brent Spence Bridge Project

On Wednesday, January 7, 2015 Lucy May of WCPO reported OKI has not done a cost-benefit analysis of the Brent Spence Bridge Corridor Project. Mark Policinski, OKI’s Executive Director, went so far as to claim “it’s not his agency’s job” to do cost-benefit analysis.

“OKI's Policinski said it's not his agency's job to do a cost-benefit analysis of the project” [Brent Spence Bridge: What you need to know for 2015 Kentucky General Assembly, Lucy May, WCPO, January 7, 2015]

The following is a statement from Joe Meyer of Northern Kentucky United in response to Mr. Policinski’s comment:

“It is disappointing that OKI, the agency leading the campaign for the Brent Spence Bridge Corridor Project, has not done the basic math on the costs and benefits of the project.

“The Pro-toll coalition, including OKI, has consistently exaggerated the benefits our region will receive from the project, while attacking those who raise questions about the costs.

“Mr. Policinski’s statement confirms what we have long feared – that the region’s transportation agency believes it has no obligation to protect the taxpayers it represents. They have failed to do the basic analysis necessary for a project of such national and regional significance.

“Any agency willing to pursue a multi-billion dollar megaproject without performing the necessary analysis should not be trusted with the authority to obligate Northern Kentucky residents to 30 or more years of tolls on the Brent Spence Bridge. “

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