Northbound travel on Brent Spence Bridge down to one lane

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Brent Spence Bridge
Brent Spence Bridge

COVINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) – The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet announced on Thursday that travel on the northbound deck of I-71/75 will be reduced to a single lane across the Brent Spence Bridge through the weekend.

The additional lane restrictions follow a Thursday afternoon incident that occurred injuring an employee of North Star Painting Co. who fell from a containment platform onto the closed portion of the lower deck. The employee was transferred to a local hospital for evaluation and has been released.

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North Star Painting Co. has been hired by the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) to complete a routine maintenance project on the Brent Spence Bridge that includes cleaning and painting the bridge. The employee was part of the crew that was completing work on the bridge at the time of the incident.

“The safety of those working on the bridge is of highest priority to us,” said Bob Yeager, Chief District Engineer for KYTC’s District 6 Office. “We are working with the appropriate law enforcement and workplace safety personnel to conduct a thorough investigation to determine exactly what happened. We will provide an update on when two-lane travel will be restored, as well as additional information regarding the incident, as soon as possible.”

Northbound traffic is encouraged to detour around the bridge via I-275. For Kentucky’s latest traffic and travel information, visit GoKy or navigate traffic by downloading the free  WAZE app.  You can get Northern Kentucky road construction updates on District 6 Road Report. 

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