COVINGTON, KY. (AP) - Business leaders and politicians say the tragic death of a motorist who was knocked off the Brent Spence Bridge after his car stalled on Friday proves a $2.5 billion bridge replacement is urgently needed.
State Rep. Arnold Simpson told The Kentucky Enquirer he lost a friend in a similar accident eight years ago. The Covington Democrat's friend was having car trouble on the bridge when a tractor-trailer slammed into him.
Replacement of the bridge between Cincinnati and Covington is still more than a decade away, but Simpson, who sits on the state budget committee, said the panel would push to make it happen faster.
The Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber's Matt Davis said a new bridge is needed for economic reasons as well.