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Ahead of schedule and under budget, Brent Spence Bridge reopens to traffic following emergency repair

Gov. Andy Beshear and Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) Secretary Jim Gray on Tuesday announced the end of a six-week emergency repair project to restore and reopen the Brent Spence Bridge one day ahead of the scheduled completion date. Travel lanes and various access ramps leading to the bridge began opening gradually to full capacity throughout the afternoon and evening, following completion...

COVID-19 vaccine rollout shows importance of Kentucky’s transportation and logistics networks

By Jennifer Kirchner Special to KyForward The need to move goods safely and expeditiously across a reliable transportation network has never been greater. The nation’s first shipment of Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine arrived in Louisville on Dec. 13 in what is being hailed a “historic moment” for the United States and Kentucky. Jennifer Kirchner UPS Worldport will handle vaccine distribution to...

Transportation Secretary Jim Gray says repairs to Brent Spence Bridge on schedule, under budget

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Repairs to the Brent Spence Bridge remain on schedule and are expected to come in under budget, Kentucky Transportation Secretary Jim Gray said on Wednesday. “We are still on schedule for re-opening the Brent Spence Bridge, next week,” he announced during a Zoom press conference in Covington. “The original schedule was set for December 23, and we are still on that...

Kentucky Transportation Secretary Jim Gray provides update on repairs to damaged Brent Spence Bridge

Kentucky Transportation Cabinet Secretary (KYTC) Jim Gray on Wednesday updated progress being made to repair and reopen the Brent Spence Bridge, which carries Interstates 71 and 75 over the Ohio River in Northern Kentucky and is a critical corridor for interstate travel and commerce. “We’re now past the midpoint of this project to repair and reopen the Brent Spence Bridge,” Secretary Gray said....

Work progressing on Brent Spence as repair project reaches halfway mark, gets ready for new concrete

Kentucky Transportation Secretary Jim Gray detailed progress Wednesday on the emergency repair project to reopen the closed Brent Spence Bridge. Three weeks into the six-week repair project, contractor crews have removed the fire-affected portion of the upper deck of the bridge and new steel support beams have been placed. Transportation Cabinet photos “We literally have all hands on deck as...

Crews working around the clock to complete repair work to Brent Spence Bridge by December 23

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Kentucky Transportation Secretary Jim Gray said this week repair crews are working around the clock to reopen the Brent Spence Bridge by the Dec. 23 deadline. The bridge, which carries I-71 and I-75 traffic over the Ohio River between northern Kentucky and Cincinnati, was closed after two semi-tractor trailer rigs crashed around 2:45 a.m. on Nov. 11 while driving along the...

Kentucky Department of Transportation drones aid inspection damaged Brent Spence Bridge

As the Federal Aviation Administration celebrates Drone Safety Awareness Week, Nov. 16 – 22, the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet deployed the use of drones on the Brent Spence Bridge to aid inspectors collect preliminary visual inspection images following the bridge closure on Nov. 11. Drones were brought in to aid inspection efforts before inspectors could access the bridge due to the large amounts...

Contract to repair, open Brent Spence: Kokosing Construction to have bridge open by Dec. 23

Kentucky Transportation Secretary Jim Gray announced the awarding of a contract to Kokosing Construction Co. to repair and reopen the fire-damaged Brent Spence Bridge that connects Northern Kentucky and Cincinnati. Kokosing, headquartered in Westerville, Ohio, submitted a low bid of $3,127,528 and committed to having the bridge reopened to traffic by Dec. 23. There will be additional costs – the...

State inspectors start work on Brent Spence Bridge; Beshear, Gray make closed bridge a priority

Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) Secretary Jim Gray spent Thursday at the Brent Spence Bridge, signaling the importance of reopening the bridge when it is “fully safe to do so.” He also spent time with community leaders to explain the plans and the process. The bridge is a main interstate — north and south for all kinds of traffic — and an important artery for local traffic from...

Brent Spence Bridge vehicle crash and fire result in closure of I-75 northbound and southbound lanes

Gov. Andy Beshear and Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) Secretary Jim Gray updated Kentuckians on the early morning vehicle crash and fire on the I-75 Brent Spence Bridge between Covington and Cincinnati. Fortunately, there are no known serious injuries or deaths resulting from the crash or fire, according to reports from the scene. “This is a very important bridge, not just for the region...

Bill Straub: When enough is really enough, whenever that may be, there’s always the November ballot box

When is enough, finally, enough? That essentially is the question that will be posed to voters of Kentucky’s Fourth Congressional District this November when it comes to Rep. Thomas Massie, R-SomewhereorotherLewisCounty, who has been applying his brand of oddball legislating in the nation’s capital for better than seven long years now. Massie, as most observers of his reckless meanderings know...

Kentucky Highway Plan prioritizes 1,000 bridge repairs, 5,000 miles of pavement improvements

Kentucky’s 2018 Highway Plan will prioritize spending on more than 1,000 bridge repairs and 5,000 miles of pavement improvements during the next six years. “The recently enacted six-year Highway Plan represents the most balanced approach released by Kentucky in decades for addressing the Commonwealth’s transportation needs,” said Gov. Matt Bevin. “This data-driven plan moves us in the right...

KYTC presents recommended six-year highway plan; calls for $1B for bridge, pavement repair

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) Wednesday presented the 2018 Recommended Highway Plan for the next six years that includes a record $1 billion in funding to repair bridges and pavements in the FY 2018-FY 2020 biennium. “This is an unprecedented year for the proposed Highway Plan. The balanced Plan identifies projects that we are currently able to fund and offers a list of additional priority...

Kentucky Transportation Cabinet study confirms need for new bridge across Ohio at NKY-Cincinnati

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) today released the findings of a year-long study that confirms the need for construction of a new bridge across the Ohio River to improve safety and travel on I-71 and I-75 between Ohio and Kentucky. The proposed new bridge would be in addition to the existing Brent Spence Bridge, which was designed to carry 80,000 vehicles per day but currently carries more...

AAA: Independence day will be historic, 44.2 million people expected to travel; here are some tips

This Independence Day, a record-breaking 44.2 million Americans will travel 50 miles or more away from home, taking to the nation’s roads, skies, rails and waterways to honor the red, white and blue. With 1.25 million more travelers than last year, 2017 will be marked as the most traveled Independence Day holiday weekend ever. “Combined, strong employment, rising incomes and higher consumer confidence...

AAA offers tips to prepare for Brent Spence Bridge construction — yes, it’s impacting travel times

As tristate commuters prepare for the first Monday morning commute since the start of maintenance construction on the Brent Spence bridge, AAA warns of the significant impact it could have on travel. “The start of the Brent Spence Bridge maintenance project can cause major traffic troubles for commuters,” said Cheryl Parker, AAA spokeswoman. “We want motorists to be mindful of the impact this...

Upcoming scheduled maintenance on Brent Spence Bridge anything but routine for area motorists

By Mark Hansel NKyTribune managing editor A routine maintenance project on the Brent Spence Bridge is expected to create a significant inconvenience for motorists traveling the corridor in the next two months. The project, which will begin June 23 at approximately 9 p.m., will include lane reductions, ramp closures and detours, most notably for motorists heading southbound into Kentucky on Interstate...

Commentary: Time is now for Brent Spence Bridge as public-private partnerships offer funding options

By Adam Koenig Special to KyForward For over 50 years now, countless vehicles have traveled from Northern Kentucky into Ohio, and vice-versa, on the Brent Spence Bridge. Whether it be to transport goods, travel, or engage in commerce, Brent Spence has been heavily utilized over the years, and this traffic has taken its toll. Currently operating at nearly three times of what it was designed to carry,...

Lane closures on Interstate 71 in Cincinnati this weekend could impact travelers to Northern Kentucky

Staff report Northern Kentucky drivers traveling into Cincinnati this weekend should be aware of lane closures and restrictions on Interstate 71. The disruption will include a shutdown of Northbound I-71 across the Brent Spence Bridge. The Ohio Department of Transportation has issued the following information regarding the closures. Beginning at 10 p.m. Friday, June 17, the following closures will...

Capitol Hill newspaper identifies Brent Spence Bridge as top infrastructure emergency in the nation

The Brent Spence Bridge, connecting northern Kentucky to Cincinnati, is the number one infrastructure emergency in the United States and is threatening “both the economy and public safety,” according to a Washington-based newspaper that covers Congress and the federal government. In a story posted on the website of The Hill that carries the headline “Five big infrastructure emergencies”,...