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Thursday, April 10, 2008

Toll bridge? It could happen.

Even though Kentucky legislators dropped the idea of charging tolls on a new Brent Spence Bridge, and stacks of local officials have denounced the notion, the concept still lives in Washington.

That's the word from Ohio Sen. George Voinovich, a member of the Senate committee in charge of hashing out ways to pay for roads and bridges nationwide, including the Brent Spence. Voinovich said he has no objection to using a toll system where necessary.

"Sure, it’s going to be one of the options. It’s got to be looked at," Voinovich said.


at 7:21 PM, April 10, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

rush hour will be lots of fun...
vote voinovich out.

at 8:14 PM, April 10, 2008 Blogger Mark Miller said...

Has Voinovich ever been to Cincinnati?!?

Somebody please tell me how to fit a toll plaza between Fort Washington Way and the bridge.

There's really no point in even dicussing "concepts" that are impossible in reality.

at 10:37 PM, April 10, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Congress, over the years, has stuffed earmarks for thousands of projects for their home districts. A lot of them have been bridges. How is it that some remote places can get a bridge built for free, but in a major city, on a major Interstate (Federal-built) highway, connecting two states (another Federal nexus), a bridge which has seen excessive wear and tear due to NAFTA (another Federal responsibility) is going to get a toll?

at 10:57 PM, April 10, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Never underestimate the ability of the government to find a way to collect more money.

at 2:12 AM, April 11, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Voinovich has obviously drank the Democrat kool-aid while in D.C. Come back to Ohio, lets have a Christian Moreline and talk about not raising taxes or collecting tolls... This bridge is a key artery not only of this city but of the whole 75 N-S corridor, the country cannot wait while Voinovich and our two state governments play the democrats favorite game of 'The Banks' stalling. There is no doubt that there is money to be had in the budget (fed & state)- they just need to be more responsible and cut out pet projects and failed liberal initiatives...

at 8:20 AM, April 11, 2008 Blogger Hamilton County Voter said...

Here comes the Dems - hold on to your wallet!

at 8:58 AM, April 11, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

What a horrible idea. This toll would be a regressive tax -- hurting those who can't afford it. Why don't we look at reallocating all of the funds going to the war and putting it back in our infrastructure where it belongs.

at 9:47 AM, April 11, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Don't like the bridge? Don't live where you need to use it an a normal basis.

at 10:25 AM, April 11, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anon 9:47, I live 22 miles from the bridge, per Google maps. The reason why I had to use Google maps is because I NEVER USE IT. Even to go to the airport, I go around 275. Still, it is incredibly unjust that we here in this area have to pay to use tolls for this bridge and others who live along I-71 or I-75 do not.

at 11:05 AM, April 11, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Voinovich should call it his, "Let's make I-75 a parking lot" idea. Another great proposal from Senator RINOvich.

at 12:44 PM, April 11, 2008 Blogger usefullidiot said...

The bridge is needed in order for the NAFTA high cube vans to pass on the northbound lanes.

Do you think that all of those bridges and pavement on I275 and I75 needed to be rebuilt because they are worn out?? Is it because that they weren't designed for the amount of traffic that is encountered thees days? Than how has the Suspension Bridge been able to carry cars when it was designed for horse and wagon??

The I75 and I275 corridor is a designated NAFTA high cube van corridor that Mexican trucking companies shall employ.

Have a nice day

at 5:53 PM, April 11, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Idiot is a conspiracy nut. Those black helicopters are coming for you, Idiot.

at 7:09 PM, April 11, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's laughable that people are trying to blame this on the Democrats. "Privatization" has been the Republican mantra for decades. Paying for roads & bridges via tolls is very much a part of the Republican privatization agenda.

The Washington Post recently had an article about it. It's a must-read for everyone who uses the Brent Spence:

For Gribbin, Duvall and Transportation Secretary Mary Peters, the goal is not just to combat congestion but to upend the traditional way transportation projects are funded in this country. They believe that tolls paid by motorists, not tax dollars, should be used to construct and maintain roads.

They and other political appointees have spent the latter part of President Bush's two terms laboring behind the scenes to shrink the federal role in road-building and public transportation. They have also sought to turn highways into commodities that can be sold or leased to private firms and used by motorists for a price. In Duvall and Gribbin's view, unleashing the private sector and introducing market forces could lead to innovation and more choices for the public, much as the breakup of AT&T transformed telecommunications.

at 10:31 AM, April 12, 2008 Blogger usefullidiot said...

Anon 5;53,

If I were to say that the war in Iraq was a ruse implemented by Bush, Chaney, and company, would you call me a conspiracy nut?

I'm dying to know!

at 10:46 AM, April 12, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Uselessidiot: The Suspension Bridge's original wooden deck was replaced with steel grating to accomadate automobiles.

at 11:15 AM, April 12, 2008 Blogger usefullidiot said...

Anonymous said...
Uselessidiot: The Suspension Bridge's original wooden deck was replaced with steel grating to accomadate automobiles.

10:46 AM, April 12, 2008

Exactly....but it was for traction and durability. Has nothing to do with load bearing quality.

at 1:35 PM, April 12, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Here comes the Dems - hold on to your wallet!


wow, what incredible insight. lets do what the neoclowns do, we'll borrow the money to build the bridge, and then we'll hire our friends to build it on a no bid basis at ten times the going rate. i can just hear mccain saying, its a successful bridge, but it won't be done for 100 years.

at 9:22 AM, April 15, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

George pops out of the gopher hole every six years with some foolish ideas only to get re-elected. How about bringing some of that federal pork home -- most of which is going to Alaska -- instead of foisting more fees on commuters?

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