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Kasich to sign Brent Spence toll bill at Paul Brown

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CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) -

Ohio Governor John Kasich is expected to sign a bill Wednesday to approve electronic tolls on the Brent Spence Bridge.

Kasich will be joined by Ohio Department of Transportation Director Jerry Wray as well as state and local leaders at Paul Brown Stadium. The event is set for an afternoon signing at Paul Brown Stadium.

The bridge was listed as "functionally obsolete" by the National Bridge Inventory in 1998, due in large part to limited visibility and safety concerns. ODOT states that approximately 172,000 vehicles cross the bridge daily, though its original design was meant to only accommodate 80,000 per day.

House Bill 533 is legislation to advance the proposed Brent Spence Bridge Corridor project, which includes a replacement bridge and the renovation of the Brent Spence. The project has an estimated $2.5 billion price tag, which is where a tolling solution comes in.

"Tolling may be the only opportunity the commonwealth of Kentucky and the state of Ohio have to build this bridge before the year 2040," the project website states.

The Ohio bill is only half of legislation needed to allow tolls, however. A bill that also has to come from Kentucky has not been passed state legislature.

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