Cincinnati, OH Opinion: Gas tax need is real and time is now

Kroger, DHL, Bed Bath and Beyond, Amazon. These corporate giants and many others identify the Cincinnati region as an international logistics and distribution center. Our strategic location makes this state and region a highly desirable location for distribution and logistics operations. But we are only as good as our infrastructure permits.

The Brent Spence Bridge is functionally obsolete. It was designed to carry 80,000 vehicles a day and is now carrying twice that number. It’s estimated that between 3 percent and 4 percent of the country’s Gross Domestic Product crosses this bridge. It’s such an critical lynchpin in the nation transportation that the past two presidents have pointed to it, specifically, as a choke-point in need of resolution.

The Western Hills Viaduct is beyond functionally obsolete. Chunks of concrete regularly fall from the bridge. It’s now on borrowed time, desperately in need of massive reconstruction if not a total replacement.