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EmpowerU Ohio holds Brent Spence Bridge forum

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CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) -

EmpowerU Ohio hosted a forum Tuesday for two proposals that aim to ease traffic congestion from Ohio to Kentucky and vice versa.

Supporters from the Brent Spence Bridge Corridor project and the Cincy Eastern Bypass took to the mic to state their sides.

"It's important that Brent Spence Bridge Corridor is rehabilitated and repaired so that our economy can continue to grow and business can thrive and we can add jobs to the regional economy," said Vice president Chamber's government Affairs Division. 

Supporters of the Brent Spence Bridge Corridor project say the cost of the project would tally up to $2.6 billion. They said the overburden 52-year-old bridge has design deficiencies, a lack of emergency shoulders and that alternatives to replacing the bridge aren't quick, simple or a bargain. 

Supporters for the Cincy Eastern Bypass, which would build a new highway connecting I-75 in Springboro to Crittenden, say their solution comes in at $1.1 billion. They believe their option would ease congestion by diverting traffic around Cincinnati by about half the cost to the alternative.

"We believe that by taking trucks off of I-75 and 71. We can greatly enhance the commute for our daily commuters,” said Greg Fischer of the Citizens for the Cincy Eastern Bypass.

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