President Trump vows to fix Brent Spence Bridge: ‘It’s dangerous’

Tricia Macke speaks to President Trump (part 1)
Published: Mar. 21, 2017 at 1:47 AM EDT|Updated: Apr. 3, 2017 at 10:37 PM EDT
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LOUISVILLE, KY (FOX19) - President Donald Trump is vowing to fix one of the Tri-State's toughest transportation problems: The Brent Spence Bridge.

The president called the bridge "dangerous" in an interview with Tricia Macke Monday. He was speaking at a rally in Louisville to build support for the GOP's plan to repeal and replace Obamacare.

FULL INTERVIEW: Tricia Macke one-on-one with President Trump

"I've already heard about the bridge, I love the area," Trump said. "We're going to get it fixed."

The 53-year-old bridge across the Ohio River between Kentucky and Cincinnati has been declared "functionally obsolete." It's topped transportation priority lists for years, but little has been done to move the project forward.

"It's dangerous, OK. We have many bridges like that," Trump said.

In 2011, former President Barack Obama delivered a speech underneath the bridge and promised job creation alongside rebuilding of one of the busiest trucking routes in America.

Uncertainty about funding and complexity behind rebuilding the bridge stalled the project. But Trump says that will change under his administration.

"We're going to spend a trillion dollars on infrastructure and we're going to renew our country. We have no choice. The roads, the bridges, the airports, the schools," he told Macke. "We're going to spend money on our country."

Trump said the bridge could be funded through his infrastructure bill or "we do it separately," he told Macke.

Ohio Gov. John Kasich has stressed the importance of the Brent Spence Bridge project, calling it "critical" to our region. Last year, he said it's "unrealistic to keep waiting on Washington to get this important project done."

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