UPDATE: Brent Spence Bridge open for traffic, state says
UPDATE POSTED 5:10 P.M. TUESDAY, DEC. 22, 2020
COVINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) – Tuesday afternoon, vehicles again streamed across the Ohio River on the Brent Spence Bridge after six weeks closure for emergency repairs. The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) advises all travel lanes and local access ramps in Kentucky leading to the Brent Spence Bridge are open to traffic.
The bridge carries about 160,000 vehicles per day on Interstates 71 and 75. It had been closed since two tractor-trailers crashed and burned in the early hours of Nov. 11.
The emergency project to repair the bridge wrapped up one day ahead of schedule.
The last of the repair work performed today included restriping the entire bridge both its upper, southbound traffic deck and lower, northbound deck.
ORIGINAL STORY POSTED 11 a.m. TUESDAY, DEC. 22, 2020
COVINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) – Kentucky Transportation Cabinet Secretary Jim Gray gave an update on the Brent Spence Bridge repair project Tuesday morning, saying they plan to reopen the bridge to traffic later this afternoon.
“It’s been 41 days since the fire on the bridge itself,” said Gray. “It’s been accomplished quickly and it’s been accomplished safely.”
Originally, transportation officials said the bridge would reopen Wednesday.
“We were able to beat our target by a day,” said Gray.
Gov. Beshear recorded a video message which was played during the announcement.
“The reopening of the Brent Spence Bridge is a welcome Christmas gift to everyone this season,” said Gov. Beshear.
Gov. Beshear thanked numerous partners for making the reopening possible and the public for patience.
“We expect the final cost of the repair to be significantly less, than what was first expected,” said Gray.
Gray said crews will begin painting the lines on the road around noon, along with other finishing tasks.
Transportation officials said the bridge will reopen in phases.