White House Acknowledges Obama’s Favorite Bridge Is Nowhere To Be Found In His “Jobs" Bill
“The bill itself contains no mention of the Brent Spence bridge, or any other specific projects. Even if the bill is passed, it's not clear funding included in the bill for stimulus or the creation of a national infrastructure bank would ever reach the bridge.
That's because if the point of the jobs bill is to create jobs now, then the Brent Spence Bridge may make a nice backdrop for a speech, but it's not the best example of a shovel-ready project.
According to highway officials in Ohio and Kentucky, the bridge is still in the preliminary engineering and environmental clearance phase. In a best case scenario, the earliest that workers would be hired would be in 2013, but more likely 2015.
Would the White House step in to speed up the process?
‘We would move it as quickly as we possibly could. But every project has to be evaluated on its merits,’ White House Communications Director Dan Pfeiffer told the Enquirer, acknowledging that the bridge itself isn't actually named in the president's bill. ‘No, no, no. It doesn't name (the bridge),’ Pfeiffer said, explaining that the money would go to states and communities to use as they see fit.” (Malia Rulon, “Experts Say Obama's Visit Won't Help Bridge,” The Cincinnati Enquirer, 9/21/11)
Economy Jobs, Wages and Unemployment