Brent Spence Bridge: Frank questions why Duke Energy wants $2.6B bridge project built quickly?

Spokesman says Duke's advocacy is to help region

There’s no question Duke Energy Corp. has been one of the region’s leading business advocates for building the $2.6 billion Brent Spence Bridge replacement as quickly as possible.

But at least one local elected official has questioned why.

Covington City Commissioner Steve Frank, a vocal opponent of the use of tolls to fund the bridge project, said he wonders whether Duke’s own business interests have influenced the company’s advocacy.

At the very least, Frank said, citizens should know just how involved Duke has been in the Build Our New Bridge Now group that has been advocating for the project.

“I am not anti-Duke here,” Frank said. “I’m just for disclosure.”

But a Duke spokesman says the company has been pushing for the bridge project for the good of regional economic development, not because the company stands to gain financially.

"Somebody tries to do something good, and they get popped in the nose,” said Mark Policinski, executive director of the Ohio-Kentucky-Indiana Regional Council of Governments.

Insiders can read more about how the bridge project needs some property currently owned by Duke and more about what Duke, Frank and Policinski have to say.

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