Northern Kentucky

Join with other liberty minded individuals from across Northern Kentucky for a combined meeting on the 4th Thursday of every month. The combined meetings start at 7pm but arrive at 6:30pm to socialize and meet fellow patriots. The combined monthly meetings are held at the Holiday Inn located at 7905 Freedom Way, Florence, KY 41042. The Holiday Inn Express is easily accessed off US-42 and I-75 at exit number 180.

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Feb
2013

No Tolls for New Mississippi River Bridge

The new St. Louis Interstate 70 Bridge is under construction across the Mississippi River between St. Clair County, Illinois and the city of St. Louis, Missouri.  The structure will relieve traffic on nearby bridges, most importantly the Poplar Street Bridge, which carries I-55, I-64, I-70, and US 40.

Ground was broken on April 19, 2010.  In 2012, both the Missouri and Illinois approaches were under construction.  Completion is scheduled for 2014.

The funding of the bridge project was debated by the Illinois and Missouri governments.  After receiving the Federal grant, Illinois pushed to start as soon as possible, but Missouri said it had more pressing highway projects to work on.  Missouri transportation officials proposed to privatize the bridge, which would have allowed a private company to charge tolls in return for building, operating, and maintaining the bridge for up to 99 years.  Illinois officials and several St. Louis congressmen demanded a toll-free crossing and this was ratified by an agreement signed February 28, 2008, by the Missouri and Illinois governors.

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Feb
2013

Kenton County No Tolls Resolution

I attended Tuesday's Kenton Fiscal Court meeting and spoke when they asked for comments from the public.  What impressed me during this meeting is Steve Arlinghaus' comments on how tolls will hurt Northern Kentucky and in particular Kenton County.  He stated it will be less attractive for people in Ohio to come to Northern Kentucky to shop, dine, etc..  Also, Northern Kentucky will lose a lot of
its luster as a bedroom community for people who work in Ohio.  This will lower the demand for Northern Kentucky housing and depress our housing prices.  A comment was made that an Ohio elected official was boasting that tolling will cause Ohio to pickup businesses at Northern Kentucky's expense.  In addition to Ohio, I am sure many in Louisville and Lexington want tolls in Northern Kentucky because they view us as an economic competitor.  That maybe why State Representative Overly is trying to pass House Bill 456 to facilitate tolling.

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Feb
2013

Kenton Tea Meeting Location Change

To accommodate the expected large crowds to hear Mr. Joe Kalil, Boone County Constable and Owner, Defensive Handgun Training talk to us about the 2nd Amendment / Guns / Gun Control / Active Shooter Incidents / "Assault Rifles" /Freedom / Liberty / Constitution this weeks meeting location is changing.  Bring your family and your children to learn about our Constitution.

When: 6:00PM, Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Where:  Kenton Library, Kenton Lands Road, Erlanger, KY

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Feb
2013

How Will Tolling on a New Brent Spence Bridge Affect Covington?

The Brent Spence Bridge will turn 50 this year, and a new bridge has been proposed to improve safety and traffic flow on the interstate span that carries Interstate 75 and Interstate 71 traffic between Covington and Cincinnati. Rob Hans, chief district engineer for the Northern Kentucky office of the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet, said the Brent Spence Bridge “is not structurally unsafe,” but it does have safety issues. With 172,000 vehicles a day traversing it, the bridge carries more than double its planned traffic capacity, and it is classified as functionally obsolete because of its narrow lanes, lack of emergency shoulders and limited visibility on the lower deck. Hans said tolls are among several funding options under consideration, but he added they would not pay for the entire project (Kenton adds voice to opposing tolls, 2013).

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Feb
2013

Is there a Safety Issue with the Current Brent Spence Bridge?

It has been reported by the Enquirer in numerous articles that the 49-year-old Brent Spence Bridge on Interstates 71/75 is “functionally obsolete” because of its narrow lanes, lack of emergency shoulders and limited visibility on the lower deck. The bridge carries double its intended traffic capacity, and transportation officials say congestion is only going to get worse (Brent Spence toll could be as low as $1, 2013). Fierce opposition from residents and politicians in Northern Kentucky over tolls has many searching for other options to finance the $2.5 billion Brent Spence Bridge replacement. But tolls are becoming more common around the country as alternative funding sources dwindle, national experts say. A raise in the federal gas tax and a change in how Kentucky allocates federal funds have come up as suggestions at recent public meetings in Northern Kentucky on ways to help pay for the new Interstate 71/75 bridge (If tolls aren’t the answer, what is?, 2013).

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