COVINGTON, Ky. – Drivers who usually use the Brent Spence Bridge must take one of several detours while the bridge is being repaired after a collision caused a fire that damaged the bridge.
The bridge connects Covington and Cincinnati and is one of the busiest truck routes in the U.S. It will remain closed for several weeks, maybe longer, officials have said.
The Brent Spence Bridge is a vital link across the Ohio River waterway, Kenton County Judge-Executive Kris Knochelmann said. The bridge carries both I-75 and I-71 traffic through the Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky area, but it also connects 10 states (including Kentucky and Ohio) from as far north as Michigan to as far south as Florida, according to the Brent Spence Bridge Corridor Project website.
The city of Covington announced the following detours:
- I-75/71 northbound (NB) traffic from Kentucky is being detoured at I-275 westbound (WB) to I-75 NB and I-275 eastbound (EB) to I-471 NB and I-71 NB.
- I-71 southbound (SB) traffic is being detoured to I-471 SB and I-275 SB.
- I-75 SB is being detoured to I-275 WB.
- Detour onto I-471, I-71, I-74 and I-275 and U.S. 50 but expect heavier-than-normal traffic.
- Local traffic can use I-471 (Daniel Carter Beard Bridge) southbound into northern Kentucky and 4th St.Veterans Bridge (KY 8), the Clay Wade Bailey Bridge (U.S. 25), and the Taylor Southgate Bridge (U.S. 27).
The Roebling Bridge also has been closed because of weight concerns with the increase of traffic. The historic bridge has an 11-ton weight limit.
For updates on the repairs and detours, visit the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet’s website.