New panel signs will be installed on Brent Spence Bridge April 12
COVINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) – According to Kentucky Transportation Cabinet it ordered new signs along Interstate-275 and I-71/75 to raise awareness of a restriction on carriers of hazardous materials.
A contractor will begin installing the new panel signs on April 12.
KTC says it plans to have new or upgraded signage at 12 locations on I-71/75 northbound and I-275 east and westbound in Boone and Kenton counties.
The signage upgrade was prompted by a re-examination of hazmat signage following a fire on the Brent Spence Bridge on Nov. 11, 2020.
One of two semitractor-trailers involved in the crash and fire was carrying a small quantity of potassium hydroxide, a nonflammable corrosive chemical.
As it turned out, the amount of chemical was far below the federal threshold for being categorized as a “hazmat” load, and thus the truck was on the bridge legally.
But the incident prompted a re-examination of hazmat signage in the area of the Brent Spence Bridge.
Ground-mounted signs will be installed at three new sites. In the other locations, overhead signs will be replaced or fitted with plaques that say “No Hazmats.”
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