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State: Brent Spence Bridge repair on schedule

Damaged upper deck removed, steel beams placed
The Brent Spence Bridge carries Interstates 71 and 75 across the Ohio River between Covington, Ky. and Cincinnati.

FRANKFORT, Ky. – Three weeks into the six-week repair project, contractor crews have removed the fire-affected portion of the upper deck of the Brent Spence Bridge and new steel support beams have been placed, Kentucky Transportation Secretary Jim Gray said Wednesday.

“We literally have all hands on deck as crews work around the clock to restore the bridge to its safe and sound state,” Gray said. “The project remains on track as activities continue this week to prepare for the installation of the new upper deck.”

Early this week contractors finalized installation of the beams and prepared for a new concrete driving surface.

Activities this week include the installation of:

  • metal deck pans where concrete will be poured and serve as a platform for workers on the bridge;
  • rebar (a grid of steel bars) to reinforce the concrete once it is poured; and
  • steel connections that tie the deck and barrier wall for added durability.

The work currently taking place is not temperature-sensitive and inclement weather should not affect the work schedule, Gray said.

While the repairs on the bridge remain a focus for contractors, KYTC staff are giving significant attention to traffic management in the surrounding area. Interstate 71/75 traffic heading through the region is directed via signed detour onto I-275 and alternative crossings on I-275 and I-471. One lane of traffic remains open on I-71/75 between I-275 and downtown Covington for local traffic passenger vehicles. The public is encouraged to plan ahead, know your route and follow detours.

The Brent Spence Bridge, which spans the Ohio River between Covington, Kentucky, and Cincinnati, Ohio, has been closed since two commercial motor vehicles collided and burned on the bridge’s lower deck in the early hours of Nov. 11. The bridge is scheduled to reopen on Dec. 23.