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Lunsford Promises N. Ky. Crowd "No Tolls" On New Bridge

WILDER - Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Bruce Lunsford said Saturday he opposes using tolls to pay for the planned $3 billion replacement of the Brent Spence Bridge in Northern Kentucky, reports NKY.Com.

"There is no issue more important than the bridge," Lunsford, a Northern Kentucky native and Louisville resident, said before addressing about 40 people who turned out for a Saturday candidate Meet and Greet in Wilder, reports the Website for Cincinnati newspapers.

"I'm for getting the bridge built," he said. "It has a safety record problem. I drove that bridge for 10 years, and I can't even fathom that bridge being any semblance of a toll bridge. I don't know where the logic is in that. In addition to the burden it places on everybody, the traffic will be remarkable."

Lunsford is challenging four-term U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell, a Louisville Republican and the Senate GOP leader.

Beginning early last year, McConnell, the Bush administration, other members of Congress and some local leaders suggested tolls as a way to pay for the project. Their argument was, with the federal funds scarce, state and local leaders should consider "creative" methods of financing, including tolls. The project is not expected to begin for at least a decade, reports NKY.Com

But following an outcry from many state and local government leaders and the public, McConnell and others - including Kentucky U.S. Sen. Jim Bunning and Congressman Geoff Davis - are distancing themselves from tolls, reports NKY.Com

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