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How to Pay for New Bridge is Topic of Forum in Devou Park

How will the region pay for the Brent Spence Bridge project?

That is the topic of the next Northern Kentucky Forum event to be held Monday evening at the Drees Pavilion in Covington's Devou Park.

Mayor Sherry Carran, State Senator Chris McDaniel, State Representative Adam Koenig, and Crestview Hills Mayor Paul Meier (chairman of the Kenton County Mayors Group) will make up the panel moderated by WKRC's Dan Hurley.

On Thursday, McDaniel and Koenig reiterated their opposition to tolls, along with State Representative Arnold Simpson, at the Covington Business Council Luncheon (SEE: Tolls: NKY Legislators Voice Opposition at Covington Business Council Luncheon)

NKY Forum is also asking for feedback from a survey to determine what the public wants from the Brent Spence Project. To participate, click here.

A September 23 Forum looked at Louisville’s success in moving interstate bridge projects forward there. Louisville agreed to support tolls to assure adequate funding for that city’s bridges. This second Forum, titled “Spanning the Spend: How Will We Pay for the Brent Spence Bridge Project,” will include a presentation on the recent options analysis and discussion with northern Kentucky elected officials about the project and its possible funding by tolls or other means. Public questions will be welcomed.

“The Northern Kentucky Forum is in a unique position to offer the community an open, transparent and unbiased conversation on this critical public policy issue,” said Tara Ford, Forum board chair. “We hope the community takes advantage of both our event and the resources we have gathered in advance, which include articles, websites and a video on the project's progress to date. Those are available at”

Monday's forum is free and runs from 6 - 8 p.m.

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