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Worn Ohio River span stars in Obama jobs speech
Crumbling Ohio River bridge jumps to prominence with mention in Obama's jobs speech
By The Associated Press

CINCINNATI (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.

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