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Brent Spence Bridge project allowed to move forward

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(The Center Square) – Ohio and Kentucky announced Friday they received federal approval to move the $3.6 billion Brent Spence Bridge Corridor project forward without tolls.

The environmental approval means the massive project connecting Cincinnati to Northern Kentucky moves ahead the project that transforms an 8-mile stretch of I-71/75 and includes a new companion bridge immediately to the west of the existing bridge.

“This is an important step forward in bringing efficiency to our nation’s supply chain” said Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine. “The project will address one of the worst truck bottlenecks in the nation by improving safety and travel on an interstate connection that carries more than $400 billion worth of freight every year. It’s also a big step in reducing the frustration and inconvenience drivers have experienced in the corridor for more than 20 years.”

Ohio and Kentucky transportation departments conducted 16 neighborhood meetings and two open houses since late 2022 to get comments on the project. Also, five public hearings took place in February.

“The Brent Spence Bridge Corridor project is a testament to what can happen when we work together to get things done,” Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear said. “The federal approval is a major milestone for us, and we’re grateful to all our partners and communities for their feedback. We look forward to completing this project, which will further boost our economic growth and create more good jobs for our families.”

In November 2020, a fiery accident forced the closure of the Brent Spence Bridge.

While the fire took place on the lower deck, most of the damage occurred on the upper deck. Workers replaced 16 steel beams that had been damaged by the fire, and they also poured a new driving surface on that deck along with a concrete barrier. Concrete was also poured on the lower deck. Workers also replaced lights and parts of the drainage system.

The incident took place in the early morning hours of Nov. 11, 2020, when a truck carrying potassium hydroxide collided with a jackknifed semi.

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