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Vice President Kamala Harris To Visit Cincinnati On Friday

 Vice President Kamala Harris speaks at a vaccination site at M&T Bank Stadium, Thursday, April 29, 2021, in Baltimore.
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Vice President Kamala Harris speaks at a vaccination site at M&T Bank Stadium, Thursday, April 29, 2021, in Baltimore.

The vice president makes her first trip to Cincinnati Friday since taking office. Kamala Harris will visit UC's 1819 Innovation Hub for a noontime roundtable.

Harris is meeting with Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) to talk about infrastructure and public transit systems.

The discussion will likely include the Brent Spence Bridge. The I-71/75 interstate bridge is a major north-south trade corridor with over a billion dollars' worth of freight crossing it daily.

There's a $2.6 billion plan to build a companion bridge to help carry that load, but it lacks funding. Local and state officials are hoping the project could get funding under President Biden's proposed American Jobs Plan.

That proposal would include $115 billion for roads and the "10 most economically significant bridges."

Mark Policinski heads the Ohio, Kentucky, Indiana Regional Council of Governments. He told WVXU shortly after the president's plan was released that "if the Brent Spence Bridge is not on that list, then it's a bad list. It's as simple as that."

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Tana Weingartner earned a bachelor's degree in communication from the University of Cincinnati and a master's degree in mass communication from Miami University. Most recently, she served as news and public affairs producer with WMUB-FM. Ms. Weingartner has earned numerous awards for her reporting, including several Best Reporter awards from the Associated Press and the Ohio Society of Professional Journalists, and a regional Murrow Award. She served on the Ohio Associated Press Broadcasters Board of Directors from 2007 - 2009.