A presidential visit is a big deal, but will it actually guarantee funding for the aged and overused Brent Spence Bridge?
Not really, say transportation experts and highway officials.
That's not how highway funding works. When you consider the partisan bickering over the president's jobs bill and the stalled federal transportation bill, the bridge looks no closer to getting the $2.4 billion needed to replace it than before it caught the White House's attention.
The Brent Spence Bridge is on the Ohio Department of Transportation's list of major state projects. But there are at least a dozen other projects also on that list, said Stefan Spinosa, design engineer for ODOT's District 8.
"This project would fall into the process along with all the other projects in the state," Spinosa said. The projects aren't ranked and each has merit, he said.