Worn Ohio River span stars in Obama jobs speech

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9/9/2011 2:34:19 PM - AP News
FILE - In this June 30, 2011 file photo, traffic crosses the Brent Spence Bridge on southbound Interstate 71/75 linking Cincinnati and Covington, Ky. The outdated and overcrowded bridge has become part of President Barack Obama’s pitch for his plan to create jobs, an example of a lagging infrastructure fix plucked from the states of Republican leadership in Congress. (AP Photo/The Enquirer, Carrie Cochran, File) MAGS OUT. MANDATORY CREDIT. The Associated PressCINCINNATI (AP) — President Barack Obama has put a clogged, deteriorating bridge over the Ohio River on the national map.Obama mentioned the Brent Spence Bridge in his jobs speech Thursday night by noting that repairing it would create construction work.The bridge carries Interstates 71 and 75 over the Ohio River between Ohio and Kentucky. Overhaul is expected to cost well over $2 billion and take years but lacks the needed state and federal funding.Local officials now hope that construction work will get a high-level push.Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky says he's pleased Obama mentioned the bridge in his Thursday evening speech. But he criticized the president for lumping it in with a call for more stimulus spending and taxes.