States Seek Federal Funds For Two Bridge Projects

Kentucky and Indiana officials are teaming up to apply for federal stimulus funds to complete two bridge projects on the Ohio River.

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet and the Indiana Department of Transportation are asking for $95 million to replace the 80 year old Milton-Madison Bridge, and another $25 million for the project to tranform the old Big Four Railroad Bridge into a pedestrian walkway linking Louisville’s Waterfront Park and Jeffersonville, Indiana.

Kentucky Transportation Cabinet spokesperson Chuck Wolfe says the funds being sought come from a $1.5 billion grant pool set aside for projects that can be completed by 2012.

“Kentucky and Indiana, by teaming up, we feel it adds some strength to the application and shows broad support for these two projects,” Wolfe said.

Wolfe says it will likely be several months before there’s an answer from the federal government.