WASHINGTON — U.S. Senators Rob Portman, a Republican, and Sherrod Brown, a Democrat, have both issued statements calling on the federal government to intervene toward a "long-term solution" to the ongoing Brent Spence Bridge problem.
In a Nov. 13 letter to U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao and Federal Highway Administration chief, Nicole Nason, Portman wrote: "Looking forward to the needs of the Greater Cincinnati region, the Brent Spence Bridge has been functionally obsolete for over 35 years ... I ask that you stay engaged with me on identifying a sustainable path forward. While the immediate need is restoration of the operations after this horrific accident, we are in need of a long-term solution for the interconnectivity of this region."
In a statement to WCPO Monday, Brown echoed his colleague and characterized a replacement or supplemental bridge as an unfulfilled promise.
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