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Location, Tolls Problems for Brent Spence Bridge Replacement
Posted: 12-Feb-2009 7:33AM CST
Topics: [Brent Spence Bridge Replacement] [Interstate 71] [Interstate 75] [Kenton County] [Ohio] [The Ohio River]
The Associated Press has a brief story about how the questions of where and how to pay for a replacement for the Brent Spence Bridge still remain to be answered: Associated Press: Tolls, location problems in bridge planning (Feb. 9, 2009)
Roebling Bride May Close for Year
Posted: 30-Jul-2006 11:09PM CDT
The historic Roebling Suspension Bridge over the Ohio River at Covington may close for a year beginning in October for repainting and repair: Cincinnati Enquirer: Suspension Bridge may close for year (March 28, 2006)
State Rep. Proposes Northern Kentucky Toll Road
Posted: 5-Feb-2006 2:28AM CST
State Rep. Paul Marcotte, R-Union, has proposed building a toll road to connect several communities in southern Boone, Kenton, and Campbell Counties: (Covington) Kentucky Post: Toll road on horizon? (Dec. 20, 2005)
Dixie Highway Project Alternatives Presented
Posted: 5-Feb-2006 2:23AM CST
Alternatives for upgrading Dixie Highway in Kenton County were recently presented at a series of public meetings: (Covington) Kentucky Post: Planning for the 'Dixie Fix' (Nov. 12, 2005)
All Major Roads Eventually Lead to OKI
Posted: 30-Oct-2005 11:46PM CST
The Cincinnati Enquirer profiles the Ohio-Kentucky-Indiana Regional Council of Governments, one of the planning agencies behind major highway projects in Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky: Cincinnati Enquirer: All major roads eventually lead to OKI; Group heavily involved in local highways (Oct. 13, 2005)
Brent Spence Bridge Replacement to be a Signature Bridge
Posted: 30-Oct-2005 11:44PM CST
Topics: [Brent Spence Bridge Replacement] [Interstate 71] [Interstate 75] [Kenton County] [Ohio] [The Ohio River]
One percent of the budget to build a replacement for the Brent Spence Bridge will be used to improve the bridge’s aesthetics: Kentucky Post: Bridge will be one of a kind (Oct. 7, 2005) , Cincinnati Enquirer: Goal: Get bridge right; Much study underpins planning for Brent Spence replacement (Oct. 17, 2005)
Covington Railroad Crossing “Quiet Zone” May Be Reinstated
Posted: 3-Oct-2005 1:29PM CDT
The city of Covington has asked the Federal Railroad Administration to reinstate a quiet zone at seven railroad crossings in the heart of the city. If approved, some improvements may have to be made to improve safety at the crossings.
Work Begins on Final Phase of KY 17 Project
Posted: 2-Oct-2005 8:31PM CDT
Work began last month on the final phase of the KY 17 widening project in Kenton County. The widening project includes the construction of bicycle lanes along part of the route.
History of the Roebling Suspension Bridge
Posted: 2-Oct-2005 8:28PM CDT
The Kentucky Post takes a look at this history of the Roebling Suspension Bridge: Kentucky Post: After many false starts, Roebling spanned the Ohio (Sept. 12, 2005)
KY 17 Work Set to Begin
Posted: 10-Sep-2005 9:44PM CDT
Work is set to begin on the second phase of a KY 17 widening project in Kenton County: (Covington) Kentucky Post: Ky. 17 work ready to start (Aug. 27, 2005)
Update on Northern Kentucky Projects
Posted: 1-Jul-2005 3:47AM CDT
Topics: [Boone County] [Campbell County] [Kenton County] [KY 1892] [KY 3490] [KY 536] [KY 547] [KY 8] [US 25] [US 27]
The Cincinnati Enquirer has provided a list of on-going road construction projects in Boone, Campbell, and Kenton Counties: Cincinnati Enquirer: N.Ky. roads: Construction project updates (June 6, 2005)
Speed Limit Lowered on Cross-Covington Route
Posted: 20-May-2005 1:19AM CDT
The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet has agreed to lower the speed limit on Hands Pike (KY 1501): Cincinnati Enquirer: Hands Pike drivers have to slow down (May 19, 2005)
Roebling Bridge to be Repainted
Posted: 20-May-2005 1:13AM CDT
Barring any unforeseen problems, the Roebling Suspension Bridge over the Ohio River at Covington will be repainted next summer: Kentucky Post: River Rainbow (May 14, 2005)
Clay Wade Bailey Bridge Project Wraps Up
Posted: 16-May-2005 12:04AM CDT
A project to rehabilitate the Clay Wade Bailey Bridge was recently completed: Cincinnati Post: Clay Wade Bailey in good repair (May 14, 2005)
Covington Traffic Study Conducted
Posted: 16-May-2005 12:00AM CDT
Covington city officials recently helped the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet perform a traffic study to examine patterns of traffic coming from the Roebling Suspension Bridge: Cincinnati Enquirer: Traffic patterns getting hard look (May 3, 2005)
Residents Upset over Condition of Kenton County Road
Posted: 16-May-2005 12:00AM CDT
Residents would like to see improvements to Senour Road in Kenton County; however, no money for such improvements exists in the state’s budget. A speed limit cut has been proposed to ease safety issues.
More information: Cincinnati Enquirer: Who Can Fix this Bad Road? (May 2, 2005) , Cincinnati Enquirer: Patching, not repaving, near for Senour Road (May 3, 2005) , Kentucky Post: Senour work has to wait; Speed limit may be cut on deteriorating road (May 12, 2005)
Parsons Brinckerhoff Awarded $18 Million Contract to Perform Brent Spence Bridge Study
Posted: 30-Apr-2005 5:55AM CDT
Topics: [Brent Spence Bridge Replacement] [Interstate 71] [Interstate 75] [Kenton County] [Ohio] [The Ohio River]
The Ohio Department of Transportation and the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet have awarded the engineering firm of Parsons Brinckerhoff an $18 million contract to perform a study on how to best replace the Brent Spence Bridge: Cincinnati Enquirer: Engineering firm gets $18M to design new Brent Spence (April 22, 2005)
A group of residents is urging that any replacement bridge be constructed as a signature piece for the area: Cincinnati Post: Signature bridge urged (April 22, 2005)
Roebling Bridge to be Painted
Posted: 1-Apr-2005 3:52AM CST
The Roebling Suspension Bridge will be painted this year, but a color has to be chosen first: Cincinnati Enquirer: Is UK blue OK hue for Roebling? (March 26, 2005) , Cincinnati Enquirer: Pick a color, any color (March 26, 2005)
Downtown Covington Neighborhood Seeks to Reduce Thru Traffic
Posted: 1-Apr-2005 3:49AM CST
Residents of Licking Riverside Historic Neighborhood in Covington are seeking traffic changes to reduce thru traffic through neighborhood streets. The neighborhood sits near the approach to the Roebling Suspension Bridge.
More information: Cincinnati Enquirer: New traffic route urged (March 14, 2005)
Northern Kentucky’s Dixie Highway under Scrutiny
Posted: 1-Apr-2005 3:48AM CST
Engineers have been examining how to change Dixie Highway to adapt to traffic. Some proposals include putting traffic lights along the road under control of human operators. Dixie Highway runs parallel to I-71/I-75, and receives some of I-71/I-75’s traffic whenever an accident forces a closure of the interstate.
More information: Cincinnati Enquirer: Busy Dixie under scrutiny (March 13, 2005)
Roundabouts Coming to Northern Kentucky
Posted: 10-Jan-2005 5:19PM CST
Roundabouts are proposed for several intersections in Northern Kentucky, and in order to help drivers adjust the Northern Kentucky Planning Commission is sponsoring a Roundabout Workshop this evening: Cincinnati Enquirer: N.Ky. faces learning curve on roundabouts (Jan. 9, 2005)
Brent Spence Bridge Structurally Sound
Posted: 10-Jan-2005 5:18PM CST
Topics: [Brent Spence Bridge Replacement] [Interstate 71] [Interstate 75] [Kenton County] [The Ohio River]
A recent report finds that the Brent Spence Bridge will remain structurally sound for at least the next 16 years so long as the bridge receives regular maintenance. This contradicts a 1999 study that found the bridge’s structural integrity would fail within 15 years.
More information: Cincinnati Enquirer: Interstate 71/75 span ruled sound (Jan. 9, 2005)
Manhole Cover Theft on the Rise in Northern Kentucky
Posted: 27-Dec-2004 3:22AM CST
A rise in the scrap metal prices is believed to be behind an increase in the number of incidents of manhole cover theft: (Covington) Kentucky Post: Manhole covers disappearing; Thefts may be tied to high resell (Dec. 25, 2004)
Winter Storm Aftermath Continues
Posted: 24-Dec-2004 3:20PM CST
Topics: [Caldwell County] [Interstate 24] [Interstate 65] [Interstate 71] [Interstate 75] [Indiana] [Interstates] [Kenton County] [Lyon County] [Marshall County] [Parkways] [Travel Information] [Trigg County]
Two days after a winter storm dumped record amounts of snow and ice on much of western and northern Kentucky, the commonwealth is still recovering. As of the time of this writing, the state highway information system reports that I-24 remains closed between Exit 25 (the Jullian M. Carroll Purchase Parkway in Marshall County) and Exit 65 (US 68/KY 80 in Trigg County). Kentucky’s other interstates and parkways are open; however, many stretches remain ice covered and the shoulders are dotted with abandoned vehicles. WBKO in Bowling Green reports that traffic is moving very slowly on I-65 and that the highway is still covered in ice near Elizabethtown. In many places, secondary roadways remain covered by snow and ice, and many roads are impassible.
Information regarding current conditions on Kentucky’s highways can be obtained by calling 1-800-RDREPORT, by calling 511 from an in-state telephone, or by visiting ww.511.ky.gov .
More information: Courier-Journal: The big chill: Cold expected to hinder cleanup after storm (Dec. 24, 2004) , Courier-Journal: National Guard called to help stranded motorists (Dec. 24, 2004) , Courier-Journal: Road crews, others struggle to clear roads, unclog snarls (Dec. 24, 2004) , Lexington Herald-Leader: Traffic woes, power outages across state are storm's legacy (Dec. 24, 2004) , The (Henderson) Gleaner: Many autos abandoned; even highway crews having tough time (Dec. 24, 2004) , Associated Press: Stranded vehicles block part of I-64 (Dec. 24, 2004) , Cincinnati Enquirer: 'Cut in the hill' unkindest in snow; Interstate 71/75 bottleneck snares traffic for hours (Dec. 24, 2004) , Murray Ledger & Times: Snow causes plenty of headaches (Dec. 23, 2004) , (Hopkinsville) Kentucky New Era: White Christmas; Still slow going on snowy roads (Dec. 24, 2004) , Courier-Journal: Buses go where snowbound drivers fear to tread (Dec. 24, 2004) , The (Henderson) Gleaner: Santa on a tractor: Residents shovel, cope, and help each other (Dec. 24, 2004)
Turkeyfoot Road Work Draws Complaints
Posted: 24-Dec-2004 3:19PM CST
Residents along Turkeyfoot Road in Kenton County complain that work to widen the road is moving slower than the rush hour traffic along it: Cincinnati Enquirer: Turkeyfoot work brings complaints; Project drags on while drivers are delayed (Dec. 24, 2004)
More Snow and Ice Information
Posted: 24-Dec-2004 1:47AM CST
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Wrecks caused backups on I-71 and I-24 and summary of snow response statewide: Associated Press: Winter storm coats parts of Kentucky with snow, ice (Dec. 23, 2004) , Associated Press: Winter Storm Coats Much Of Kentucky With Snow, Ice (Dec. 23, 2004)
Summary of snow response in Northern Kentucky and Cincinnati: (Covington) Kentucky Post: Kentucky and Ohio counties declare weather emergencies (Dec. 23, 2004) , Cincinnati Enquirer: Now, time to dig out (Dec. 23, 2004)
Snow response in the Glasgow area: Glasgow Daily Times: Winter storm hits Kentucky (Dec. 23, 2004)
Motorists became stranded on part of the Edward T. Breathitt Pennyrile Parkway near Hopkinsville: (Hopkinsville) Kentucky New Era: Storm paralyzes region (Dec. 23, 2004)
Gov. Fletcher has declared a state of emergency in the following counties and cities: McLean, Hancock, Livingston, Hopkins, City of Providence, City of Owensboro, City of Falmouth, City of Butler, Todd, Daviess, Crittenden, Carlisle, Shelby, Muhlenberg, Pendleton, Bullitt and Grayson: WAVE 3: Governor Ernie Fletcher's Office Declares State of Emergency (Dec. 23, 2004)
I-64 in Indiana remains closed between Evansville and the Illinois state line. The National Guard has been rescuing stranded motorists along the interstate: Associated Press: Guardsmen Rescuing Travelers Stranded On Southern Indiana Highway (Dec. 23, 2004) , Associated Press: Stranded travelers recall cold night on snowbound highway (Dec. 23, 2004) , Associated Press: Snow Storm Snarls Much Of Southern, Central Indiana (Dec. 23, 2004) , Evansville Courier & Press: Indiana National Guardsmen rescue stranded motorists from Interstate 64 (Dec. 23, 2004)
Information regarding conditions on Kentucky’s highway can be obtained by calling 1-800-RDREPORT, by calling 511 from an in-state telephone, or by visiting ww.511.ky.gov .
Maps of roads that will be cleared by the state government can be found at: www.kytc.state.ky.us/maintenance/Snow_Ice.htm .
Winter Storm Blasts Kentucky’s Roadways
Posted: 23-Dec-2004 6:28PM CST
Topics: [Boone County] [Campbell County] [Gallatin County] [Henderson County] [Interstate 24] [Interstate 275] [Interstate 471] [Interstate 71] [Interstate 75] [Kenton County] [Commonwealth of Kentucky] [Kentucky Transportation Cabinet] [Lyon County] [Marshall County] [Edward T. Breathitt Pennyrile Parkway] [Travel Information]
The Henderson Gleaner reports that the 511 traffic information system fails to provide information about the hazardous conditions in the Henderson area: Henderson Gleaner: Road hotline fails this area (Dec. 23, 2004)
The interstates are open, but many secondary roads are impassible in Northern Kentucky: (Covington) Kentucky Post: Paralyzing storm shuts down travel (Dec. 23, 2004)
Road clearing was suspended overnight in parts of Western Kentucky due to blizzard like conditions, and four stopped tractor trailers blocked traffic on I-71 in Gallatin County: Associated Press: Parts of Kentucky at near standstill (Dec. 23, 2004)
A series of traffic accidents has caused long delays on I-24 in Western Kentucky. Motorists are asked not to call emergency services unless they are in immediate need of police, fire, or medical assistance: Associated Press: Wrecks tie up Interstate 24 (Dec. 23, 2004)
Forty members of the Kentucky National Guard were activated overnight and used military tow trucks and Humvees to rescue stranded motorists. Some cars stopped along I-24 due to accidents were caught in snow drifts: Courier-Journal: Storm limits transportation options (Dec. 23, 2004)
The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet posts regularly updated traffic advisories to www.511.ky.gov . You can also obtain Kentucky traffic information by calling 1-800-RDREPORT or by dialing 511 from any cell phone.
Details on Kentucky-Ohio Bridge Compact
Posted: 7-Dec-2004 1:03AM CST
Topics: [Brent Spence Bridge Replacement] [Interstate 71] [Interstate 75] [Kenton County] [The Ohio River]
The recently announced compact between Kentucky and Ohio specifies that Ohio will contribute 54.5 percent of the expected $18 million cost of a study to determine how to best replace the Brent Spence Bridge. Kentucky will contribute the remaining 45.5 percent.
Kentucky-Ohio Bridge Compact to Aid Brent Spence Bridge Replacement Efforts, Timeline Extended to 2010
Posted: 5-Dec-2004 8:13PM CST
Topics: [Brent Spence Bridge Replacement] [Interstate 71] [Interstate 75] [Kenton County] [The Ohio River]
A new cooperative agreement between Kentucky and Ohio is expected to help the process to replace the Brent Spence Bridge: Cincinnati Enquirer: Ky., Ohio have bridge compact (Dec. 1, 2004) , Covington Kentucky Post: Ohio to help bridge project (Dec. 1, 2004) , Cincinnati Enquirer: States unveil bridge deal (Dec. 3, 2004)
A timeline showing proposed dates for steps towards the replacement of the bridge has moved construction of the bridge to 2010. The original 2003 hope was to have a new bridge open to traffic by 2009: Cincinnati Post: Bridge timeline revised to 2010 (Dec. 3, 2004)
Upcoming Public Meetings
Posted: 5-Dec-2004 8:08PM CST
Topics: [Adair County] [Carter County] [Elliott County] [Kenton County] [KY 536] [KY 645] [Lawrence County] [Rowan County]
From Kentucky Transportation Cabinet Nov. 29 through Dec. 16 the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet is holding a series of the public meetings to discuss constructing a new route from the current terminus of KY 645 at US 23 near Ulysses in Lawrence County to I-64 between Morehead and the Industrial Parkway: 12-115.00
The cabinet will also hold a public meeting on December 9 to discuss the reconstruction of KY 536 in Kenton County: 6-162.00
Another meeting will be held on December 16 to discuss a proposed bypass of Columbia: 8-159.00
Left-over Bridge Money to be used to Upgrade Florence’s Industrial Road
Posted: 28-Oct-2004 1:56AM CDT
$10 million in federal funding that was at one time earmarked for the construction of a new bridge between Northern Kentucky and Cincinnati will now be used to upgrade Industrial Road in Boone and Kenton Counties: Cincinnati Enquirer: Industrial Road to get upgrade (Oct. 21, 2004)
Covington 12th Street Redevelopment Plan Unveiled
Posted: 19-Oct-2004 11:58PM CDT
Consultants under the hire of the Covington City Commission have developed a blueprint for the redevelopment of 12th Street. The redevelopment is designed to compliment the planned widening of 12th Street from I-75 to Scott Boulevard. Construction on the widening project is expected to begin in 2007.
More information: (Covington) Kentucky Post: 12th Street to get new life (Oct. 17, 2004)
US 42/US 127 Union Bypass Opens
Posted: 17-Oct-2004 8:32AM CDT
A new bypass of Union in Kenton County has opened; however, the lack of sewers will slow development in the area: Kentucky Post: New U.S. 42 awaits sewer system (Oct. 15, 2004)
Covington Continues Battle with CSX over Bridge
Posted: 10-Oct-2004 11:48PM CDT
The city of Covington continues its fight with CSX over the appearance of railroad overpass at the intersection of 15th and Wheeler: The (Covington) Sunday Challenger: The Big Engine That Won't - Covington Battles Railroad Giant (Sept. 14, 2004)
Brent Spence Bridge Replacement Gets $721,000
Posted: 11-Sep-2004 7:12AM CDT
The U.S. Department of Transportation recently awarded a $721,000 grant to Kentucky to help fund a study to determine how best to replace the aging Brent Spence Bridge: Kentucky Post: Kentucky awarded grant for Brent Spence Bridge (Sept. 10, 2004)
Brent Spence Update
Posted: 6-Sep-2004 9:01PM CDT
A member of the congressional committee debating the next federal transportation plan has suggested that area officials only ask only for the money they need for the next six years of planning to replace the Brent Spence Bridge and not the entire amount of money needed to replace the structure that carries I-71 and I-75 over the Ohio River: Cincinnati Enquirer: Brent Spence, 'an invitation to disaster,' may get funds (Aug. 27, 2004)
Officials conducting the study of how to best replace the bridge have determined that the five current preliminary options are all worthy of additional study: Kentucky Post: Bridge plans offer smoother traffic flow (Sept. 3, 2004)
Rehabilitation Work Underway on Clay Wade Bailey Bridge
Posted: 6-Sep-2004 8:56PM CDT
Work is underway to replace joints and replace the deck of the Clay Wade Bailey Bridge over the Ohio River at Covington. The bridge, which shares piers with the neighboring C&O railroad bridge, opened in 1974 and carries US 25, US 127, and US 42 into Cincinnati.
More information: Cincinnati Post: Quick rehab gives Clay Wade new life (August 24, 2004)
Brent Spence Bridge Notes
Posted: 20-Aug-2004 5:33AM CDT
Posted: 20-Aug-2004 5:32AM CDT
Topics: [Anderson County] [Martha Layne Collins Blue Grass Parkway] [Bullitt County] [Butler County] [Crittenden County] [Henderson County] [Interstate 64] [Jefferson County] [Kenton County] [Kentucky Transportation Cabinet] [KY 22] [KY 329] [Lyon County] [Nelson County] [The Ohio River] [Oldham County] [Powell County] [Pulaski County] [Spencer County] [US 31] [US 41] [US 60] [US 641]
Brent Spence Update
Posted: 12-Jul-2004 12:17AM CDT
U.S. Senator George Voinovich (R-Ohio) will escort U.S. Department of Transportation Assistant Secretary Emil Frankel and local officials on a tour of the Brent Spence Bridge this Monday: Cincinnati Post: Voinovich aids bridge project (July 10, 2004) , Cincinnati Post: Voinovich, U.S. official to tour Brent Spence (July 8, 2004)
David Jones, the new chief highway engineer at the Department of Highways District 6 office, says the Brent Spence Bridge project will not be ignored: Cincinnati Enquirer: New leader says Brent Spence won't be ignored (July 10, 2004)
Covington 12th Street Widening Public Meeting to be Held
Posted: 12-Jul-2004 12:16AM CDT
The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet will hold a public meeting on Wednesday to discuss plans to widen 12th Street in Covington. The project to widen the two lane road into a four lane highway will require the razing of fifty homes and businesses along the highway. Construction is expected to begin in 2007 and would last for two years.
Kenton County’s Dixie Highway Might go on a Diet
Posted: 12-Jul-2004 12:15AM CDT
At a recent meeting of the Dixie Highway Corridor Advisory Committee several ideas were proposed for reducing congestion on Dixie Highway in Kenton County. Among the proposals were construction of traffic roundabouts at several intersections, coordination of traffic lights, and a road “diet.” The diet would consist of reducing the highway from two lanes in each direction to one lane in each direction and adding a continuous center left turn lane. None of these proposals are final, and the group is expected to publish a report on possible solutions in June of 2005.
More information: Kentucky Post: Highway May Get New Look (July 9, 2004)
KY 16 Reconstruction Delayed Due to Budget Problems
Posted: 12-Jul-2004 12:13AM CDT
Money to begin a project to widen KY 16 in Northern Kentucky is being delayed due to the state’s current budget situation: Cincinnati Enquirer: Ky. 16 awaits funding (July 4, 2004)
Covington Cites CSX for Rusting Bridge
Posted: 12-Jul-2004 12:13AM CDT
Covington officials have cites CSX for failing to maintain the appearance of a railroad overpass. The bridge at the intersection of 15th and Wheeler streets was last painted in 1978: Cincinnati Enquirer: Covington officials cite CSX for bridge 'eyesore' (July 3, 2004)
Roebling Bridge Targeted By Vandals
Posted: 12-Jul-2004 12:12AM CDT
The Roebling Suspension Bridge over the Ohio River at Covington has recently been targeted by vandals. One of the stone supports under the Covington approach has been covered in graffiti in recent weeks: Kentucky Post: Vandals Deface Historic Bridge (July 1, 2004)
Chief Highway Engineers Appointed in Nine Districts
Posted: 30-Jun-2004 1:07AM CDT
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Gov. Fletcher and Transportation Secretary Bailey have appointed chief highway engineers for nine of the Division of Highways' twelve districts.
More information: WKYT: Gov. Fletcher Hires New Highway Engineers (June 29, 2004) , Associated Press: Fletcher appoints top highway engineers (June 30, 2004) , Hardin County News-Enterprise: Highway engineer appointed in E'town (June 30, 2004) , Maysville Ledger-Independent: New KTC Engineer Sees District as Unique (July 2, 2004)
Turkeyfoot Road Widening Project on Track
Posted: 24-Jun-2004 9:45PM CDT
The Turkeyfoot Road (KY 1303) widening project in Kenton County is on track for completion in 2007: Cincinnati Enquirer: Turkeyfoot Road project appears on solid footing (June 24, 2004)
Transportation Cabinet Shows Off Its New “War Room”
Posted: 24-Jun-2004 1:36AM CDT
Topics: [Boone County] [Campbell County] [Cumberland Gap] [Jefferson County] [Kenton County] [Kentucky Transportation Cabinet]
The Transportation Cabinet recently showed off its news “war room” to the media. The room in the cabinet’s new Frankfort offices allow officials to monitor road conditions around the state—including live video from Louisville, Northern Kentucky, and the Cumberland Gap Tunnel: Courier-Journal: High-tech operations center will aid emergency response (June 22, 2004) , Lexington Herald-Leader: Transportation base gets high-tech upgrade (June 22, 2004)
Brent Spence Bridge Study to Begin Soon
Posted: 24-Jun-2004 1:31AM CDT
The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet will soon seek bids for a preliminary environmental study concerning the replacement of the Brent Spence Bridge: Cincinnati Enquirer: State to seek bridge study (June 10, 2004)
In other news, due to lack of funding, the Brent Spence Bridge replacement project was not included in the Cincinnati-area long range transportation plan: Cincinnati Enquirer: Long-range transit plan passes, minus 2 biggies (June 11, 2004)
Brent Spence Update
Posted: 23-Jun-2004 8:01AM CDT
Martin T. Whitmer Jr., deputy chief of staff to U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary Norman Mineta, has acknowledged the need for a replacement of the Brent Spence Bridge; however, he reiterated President Bush’s commitment to holding the line on transportation spending: Cincinnati Enquirer: Need for new I-75 span acknowledged (June 6, 2004) , Cincinnati Post: Feds Backing Bridge Project (June 6, 2004)
Debates Delay Painting of Roebling Bridge
Posted: 23-Jun-2004 7:57AM CDT
The John A. Roebling Suspension Bridge between Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky was last painted in 1980. Today the paint is chipping and the bridge is rusting; however, it is unlikely the bridge will be painted anytime soon. At one point, the bridge was planned to be repainted in 1998; however, Kentucky delayed the project because of construction on Fort Washington Way in Cincinnati. Now a debate over the color to paint the bridge and a tight budget has kept the $6 million project from being listed in the Six-Year Road Plan.
Brent Spence Bridge Funding Engrossed in Budget Battle
Posted: 1-Jun-2004 6:51AM CDT
Senator Mitch McConnell (R-Louisville) says that funding for a study on how to replace or rehabilitate the Brent Spence Bridge is caught up in in-fighting over the federal transportation spending bill. The bill is currently in conference where conflicts between the House and Senate versions are resolved. In addition to resolving the differences between the bills, congress must also attempt to find a bill that pleases the president who has said he will veto any bill costing more than $256 billion.
Additionally, the governors of Kentucky and Ohio recently met. Both pledged support for the bridge replacement.
More information: Cincinnati Post: Governors promote region (May 27, 2004) , Kentucky Post: Leaders pledge to work together (May 27, 2004) , Cincinnati Enquirer: Bridge funding gets tangled (May 28, 2004) , Associated Press: Senator says funding for northern Kentucky bridge uncertain (May 28, 2004) , Kentucky Post: 'Family fight' hurting Brent Spence effort (May 28, 2004) , Associated Press: Covington bridge project slowed by rift over budget (May 29, 2004)
Summary of Transportation Related Bills Passed During the 2004 Regular Session
Posted: 1-Jun-2004 6:01AM CDT
Topics: [2004 Regular Session] [Bath County] [Boone County] [Boyd County] [Campbell County] [Carter County] [Clark County] [Daviess County] [Governor Ernie Fletcher] [Fayette County] [Hardin County] [Hopkins County] [Kenton County] [KY 112] [KY 1357] [KY 54] [KY 70] [KY 80] [Madison County] [Montgomery County] [Muhlenberg County] [Pike County] [Rowan County] [US 421] [US 460]
The 60-day regular session of the Kentucky General Assembly ended on April 13. Thirteen bills relating to transportation were passed into law during the 2004 regular session. Click “read full text” below for summaries of each bill.
State to Memorialize 931 Victims of Traffic Collisions at Northern Kentucky Welcome Center
Posted: 27-May-2004 6:39PM CDT
A memorial to the 931 people who died in traffic accidents in Kentucky in 2003 will be displayed at the I-71/I-75 southbound welcome center in Boone County today: Cincinnati Enquirer: 931 who died on roads remembered (May 26, 2004)
The page linked above also mentions that the city of Covington is distributing a new map of the city.
Supporters of Brent Spence Bridge Replacement See Hope in D.C.
Posted: 24-May-2004 5:39PM CDT
Supporters of replacing the Brent Spence Bridge find comfort in the fact that senators from Kentucky and Ohio were appointed to a commission to resolve differences between the house and senate versions of a federal highway bill: Kentucky Post: Bridge on D.C. inside track (May 22, 2004) , Cincinnati Enquirer: Senators named highway conferees (May 22, 2004)
Tight Budget Holds up Repainting of Roebling Suspension Bridge
Posted: 24-May-2004 5:38PM CDT
Area leaders are concerned about the state of the John A. Roebling Bridge over the Ohio River between Covington and Cincinnati. While the L&N Bridge and I-471 bridge have recently been repainted, the suspension bridge still suffers from exterior rusting. State transportation officials say the exterior rust poses no danger to the integrity of the bridge and that the over $6 million price tag is delaying the repainting effort.
More information: Kentucky Post: $6 million paint job for bridge Tight finances hold up Suspension Bridge work (May 18, 2004) , Kentucky Post: Suspension Bridge needs paint (May 18, 2004) , Cincinnati Post: $6 million paint job for bridge (May 18, 2004) , Kentucky Post: Changes ahead for Roebling Suspension Bridge (May 18, 2004)
Posted: 18-May-2004 3:38AM CDT
Topics: [2004 Regular Session] [Brent Spence Bridge Replacement] [Campbell County] [Covered Bridges] [Interstate 65] [Interstate 71] [Interstate 75] [Jefferson County] [Kenton County] [Kentucky Transportation Cabinet] [KY 1120] [The Ohio River] [Oldham County] [Public Meetings] [US 23] [US 231] [US 42] [Warren County]
Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky leaders continue to lobby for the replacement of the Brent Spence Bridge: Kentucky Post: Bridge replacement touted as national priority (April 22, 2004) , Cincinnati Enquirer: Plea made for new I-75 bridge (April 23, 2004) , Cincinnati Enquirer: Bridge plan calls for $15M (April 29, 2004) , Cincinnati Enquirer: Voinovich wants $15M for bridge (April 30, 2004)
No state budget was passed, so there is no state road plan: Franklin Favorite: Area legislators predict state will have a budget (April 22, 2004) , Owensboro Messenger-Inquirer: No budget means no road plan (April 25, 2004)
Jim Reis recognizes the Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce for its work in securing money to replace the Shortway Bridge: Kentucky Post: A century of boosting business (April 26, 2004)
Meetings on I-71 widening in Jefferson County bring a variety of opinions: Courier-Journal: Meetings on I-71 plans draw strong opinions (April 28, 2004)
The Governor has signed a bill to expand the authority of the Buffalo Trace covered bridge authority: Maysville Ledger Independent: Denham sponsored bills signed by governor (April 28, 2004) Public meetings must now be held before the state does any work to the area’s covered bridges.
A project to widen US 231 in Indiana from the Natcher Bridge to I-64 has begun: Owensboro Messenger-Inquirer: Project to 4-lane U.S. 231 begins (April 29, 2004) The first five mile segment should be complete in 2 years.
P rospect residents are worried about an intersection on US 42: Oldham Era: Prospect residents seek help with U.S. 42 intersection (April 30, 2004)
The Transportation Cabinet held a public meeting to discuss a new I-65 connector in northern Warren County: Bowling Green Daily News: Road options for transpark shown (April 30, 2004)
The Transportation Cabinet was recognized by the US Fish and Wildlife Service for its work in protecting the Eggbert’s Sunflower: Kentucky Transportation Cabinet: Kentucky Transportation Cabinet Protects Endangered Eggert's Sunflower (May 3, 2004)
Repairs were made to I-65 near mile marker 30 to correct a drainage problem: Bowling Green Daily News: Dangerous I-65 spot seeing changes (May 6, 2004) , Bowling Green Daily News: Speedy repairs on interstate are appreciated (May 8, 2004)
The new US 23 over the Ohio River at South Shore is running “woefully behind:” Ashland Daily Independent: ODOT - Bridge project 'woefully behind' (May 13, 2004) The new U.S. Grant Bridge is scheduled to open in 2005.
Federal Highway Bill Delayed
Posted: 21-Apr-2004 5:04AM CDT
Topics: [Adair County] [Brent Spence Bridge Replacement] [Christian County] [Heartland Parkway] [Interstate 265] [Interstate 65] [Interstate 66] [Interstate 71] [Interstate 75] [Jefferson County] [Kenton County] [KY 55] [KY 555] [Louisville-Southern Indiana Ohio River Bridges Project] [Marion County] [The Ohio River] [Edward T. Breathitt Pennyrile Parkway] [Pulaski County] [Taylor County] [US 68] [Warren County] [Washington County]
The U.S. House of Representatives recently passed a transportation project authorization bill containing a number of Kentucky projects. Including:
The Louisville-Southern Indiana Bridges Project
The Senate has passed a similar bill. Differences between the two bills must now be reconciled and passed by both houses before going before the president for his approval or veto.
More information: Courier-Journal: Bill with bridges money held up (Apr. 1, 2004) , Business First of Louisville: House passes bill with funding for bridges project (Mar. 29, 2004) , Cincinnati Post: $7M for bridge a drop in bucket (Apr. 3, 2004) , Kentucky New Era: $8 million approved for parkway extension (Apr. 3, 2004) , Central Kentucky News-Journal: Parkway is closer to reality (Apr. 4, 2004)
The Cincinnati Enquirer reports that greater Cincinnati area projects are fairing poorly in the bill: Cincinnati Enquirer: Local roads kicked to the curb (Apr. 2, 2004)
Bridge Projects: Louisville vs. Cincinnati
Posted: 29-Mar-2004 12:15AM CST
Topics: [Brent Spence Bridge Replacement] [Interstate 71] [Interstate 75] [Jefferson County] [Kenton County] [Louisville-Southern Indiana Ohio River Bridges Project] [The Ohio River]
The Cincinnati Enquirer compares progress towards building two new bridges at Louisville to the project to replace the Brent Spence Bridge: Cincinnati Enquirer: Bridge plan lags Louisville's (March 20, 2004)
The Louisville plan has already cleared environmental approval—a major hurdle—and will be constructed before work starts in Northern Kentucky.
Northern Kentucky Leaders Work toward Five-Lane KY 536
Posted: 18-Mar-2004 8:42AM CST
Elected leaders hope to eventually see KY 536 widened two five lanes between Rabbit Hash to the AA Highway; however, work on such a project is at least ten years away.
Possible Alternatives Eliminated from Brent Spence Bridge Study
Posted: 18-Mar-2004 8:41AM CST
The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet has eliminated a couple of alternatives from the Brent Spence Bridge replacement study. A plan to build a bridge for I-75 far to the west of downtown near the Anderson Ferry will not be studied, and a plan to build a bridge to the west of the current bridge along with a large new interchange west of downtown Cincinnati will not be studied. The latter was one of the six alternatives presented in January.
The changes were announced during a meeting of local transportation officials on Wednesday. At the same meeting, engineers presented data on why a tunnel was not a feasible alternative.
More information: Cincinnati Enquirer: Two bridge options dropped (March 11, 2004) , Cincinnati Post: New bridge options trimmed to 5 (March 11, 2004) , (Northern) Kentucky Post: Brent Spence options narrowed to five (March 11, 2004) , (Northern) Kentucky Post Corrections: Truck ban cost (March 11, 2004)
Fort Wright to Study KY 17 near I-275
Posted: 11-Mar-2004 2:07AM CST
The city of Fort Wright held a public meeting Tuesday to discuss future development along KY 17 in the city. There is some concern that the stretch of road could become a chokepoint for traffic to and form I-275.
More information: (Northern) Kentucky Post: Fort Wright to study Ky. 17 (March 8, 2004)
Covington Not Enforcing I-71/I-75 Truck Lane Restrictions
Posted: 11-Mar-2004 2:07AM CST
Signs posted along I-71/I-75 in northern Kenton County advice truckers to use only the right two lanes; however, an article in the Cincinnati Enquirer reveals that the Covington Police Department has chosen not to enforce this restriction: Cincinnati Enquirer: Trucks defy traffic signs on interstate (March 6, 2004)
Brent Spence Bridge Replacement Backers Find Promise in Two-Year Extension to Federal Highway Plan; Ban on Trucks Considered
Posted: 11-Mar-2004 2:06AM CST
Backers for a proposed project to replace the Brent Spence Bridge see promise in a proposed two-year extension of the federal six-year highway plan. In order to avoid long deliberations over a new six-year plan, the Congress may opt to extend the current six-year plan for two years. Lobbyists for the Brent Spence Bridge project would use the extra two years to build support for including funding for the bridge replacement in the next plan.
Additionally, a ban on trucks crossing the bridge has been considered; however, such a ban would not serve as a permanent solution as it would only cause further congestion on other bridges and highways in the area.
More information: Cincinnati Enquirer: Bill delay may aid Brent Spence (March 5, 2004) , Cincinnati Enquirer: Truck ban seen as no panacea (March 10, 2004) , (Northern) Kentucky Post: Bridge study: Don't ban trucks (March 10, 2004)
Bunning Reaffirms Position on Louisville and Northern Kentucky Bridges; Democratic Challenger Holds Bridge Meeting
Posted: 29-Feb-2004 9:41AM CST
Topics: [Brent Spence Bridge Replacement] [Interstate 265] [Interstate 65] [Interstate 71] [Interstate 75] [Jefferson County] [Kenton County] [Louisville-Southern Indiana Ohio River Bridges Project]
U.S. Senator Jim Bunning said he may have misspoke when he said that one of the two proposed Ohio River bridges at Louisville would need to be delayed during a conference call on Thursday. He said that work on the two Louisville bridges should not be delayed. Additionally, he said that he hopes plans for the replacement of Northern Kentucky's Brent Spence Bridge are included in the federal six year highway plan.
State Sen. Daniel Mongiardo, a Hazard democrat who hopes to unseat Sen. Bunning, held a meeting to discuss the Brent Spence Bridge replacement project on Thursday. Mongiardo said that he wanted to "get a local feel for what the public's understanding is of the problem of the bridge."
More information: Kentucky Post: Mongiardo to hold bridge discussion (Feb. 26, 2004) , Cincinnati Enquirer: Bunning clarifies stance on bridges (Feb. 27, 2004) , Kentucky Post: Mongiardo: Replace the bridge (Feb. 27, 2004) , Kentucky Post: Bunning behind two spans in Louisville (Feb. 27, 2004)
Possible Funding Source for Brent Spence Bridge Replacement Found
Posted: 26-Feb-2004 11:49PM CST
Officials with Greater Cincinnati’s main transportation planning committee say they may have found a possible source for funding to pay for rehabilitating or replacing the Brent Spence Bridge. The house version of a six-year transportation spending bill currently under consideration in the U.S. Congress includes a $20.2 billion fund for “projects of regional or national importance.” The group hopes that the Brent Spence Bridge would be considered one of these projects. The bridge was recently identified as one of the top twenty four highway bottlenecks nationwide, and forms a vital link on I-75—the nation’s second busiest north-south interstate.
“I didn’t say that all.” Bunning Denies Saying Louisville Bridge Project Should be Delayed
Posted: 24-Feb-2004 10:36AM CST
Topics: [Brent Spence Bridge Replacement] [Interstate 265] [Interstate 65] [Interstate 71] [Interstate 75] [Jefferson County] [Kenton County] [Louisville-Southern Indiana Ohio River Bridges Project] [The Ohio River]
According to an Associated Press story, U.S. Senator Jim Bunning told a Louisville civic group that one of Louisville’s new interstate bridges over the Ohio River will need to be delayed. The Associated Press reports that Sen. Bunning later told a WHAS-TV reporter, “I think it's very important that you get a bridge ... and make sure you decide where you are going to put the first one. And then, you are going to have to wait a year or two or three because we have to divert some money up into northern Kentucky to get that because ours is falling down.”
This shocked Louisville leaders. The two bridges have already been approved by the Federal Highway Administration as a single project, and the proposed state budget has allocated $118 million to continue design work for the bridges. Bunning said that the Louisville will get one bridge and then money will be used to replace the Brent Spence Bridge carrying I-71/I-75 over the Ohio River in Northern Kentucky. Bunning is from Northern Kentucky.
On Saturday, Bunning told a report from Louisville’s Courier-Journal that he never said the second bridge would be delayed and refused to give further comment.
Steve Higdon, president of Greater Louisville Inc, said that he believes Bunning was unaware that the two bridges had been approved as a single project and that as soon Bunning was made aware of this fact it would “put the entire issue to rest.”
Four Kentucky Road Sites Ranked in Top 223 Highway Bottleknecks
Posted: 24-Feb-2004 10:35AM CST
Topics: [Brent Spence Bridge Replacement] [Interstate 264] [Interstate 275] [Interstate 64] [Interstate 65] [Interstate 71] [Interstate 75] [Jefferson County] [Kenton County]
Four locations across Kentucky have been identified as major highway bottlenecks by the National Highway Users Alliance.
The Brent Spence Bridge is ranked as the 24th bottleneck nationwide.
One of the interchanges between I-264 and I-64 in Jefferson County is ranked 119. These roads actually meet twice, but the report does not seem to specify which interchange this is.
The interchange between I-71/I-75 and I-275 in Kenton County ranks 150.
The I-64, I-65, and I-71 “Spaghetti Junction” interchange in Jefferson County ranked 163.
The rankings are based on a study of the amount of time drivers spend delayed at these points.
U.S. Congress Nears Passage of Transportation Bill
Posted: 21-Feb-2004 9:41PM CST
U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell said on Friday that he believes the U.S. Congress will pass a six-year transportation bill within the next few weeks; however, he has no idea if funding will be included for a replacement for the Brent Spence Bridge. He says that Kentucky’s junior senator, Jim Bunning, has taken the lead on securing funding for the bridge replacement project.
More information: Cincinnati Enquirer: McConnell: Transit bill near (Feb. 21, 2004)
No Projects Cut from Six Year Road Plan, but Some Are Delayed
Posted: 20-Feb-2004 7:35AM CST
Topics: Topic listing supressed. [38 topics related to this item]
Transportation Cabinet Secretary Bailey told state legislators on Wednesday that no projects were cut from this year's version of the Six Year Highway plan; however, some projects have delayed due to the states budget problems.
The list of projects is too long to list here; however, some notable projects are listed below.
A notable absence from the list is funding for replacing the I-71/I-75 Brent Spence Bridge over the Ohio River; however, the project remains on the unscheduled needs list and officials claim that it is still a priority. Construction on the project is still over a decade away.
This year the transportation cabinet has split the list into projects that will receive federal funding and projects that will not receive federal funding. Projects that will be funded only by the state are expected to be delayed and will be prioritized by need.Update (Feb. 29, 2004): More information about projects in particular areas can be found here.
Brent Spence Bridge is Nation's 24th Worst Highway Bottleneck
Posted: 20-Feb-2004 7:34AM CST
A nationwide study found that the Brent Spence Bridge is the nation's 24th worst highway bottleneck: Bridge big bottleneck (Feb. 19, 2004)
One Option for Brent Spence Bridge Replacement Would Open Land in Downtown Cincinnati for Development
Posted: 13-Feb-2004 9:41AM CST
One of the six options for replacing the Brent Spence Bridge would free land in downtown Cincinnati that is currently covered by the I-75/I-71 interchange for development. This land would be situated adjacent to the city.s new sporting venues.
Why There Won't Be A Big Dig in Cincinnati
Posted: 8-Feb-2004 11:28PM CST
Columnist Dave Hofmeister of the Cincinnati Enquirer looks at why a tunnel is not among the options for replacing the Brent Spence Bridge (too expensive) and why rerouting I-71 onto I-471 wouldn't serve as a long term solution (it's already overcrowded): Cincinnati Enquirer: Cincinnati Enquirer (Feb. 7, 2004)
Brent Spence Inadequacies Blamed in Fatal Accident
Posted: 7-Feb-2004 8:57AM CST
Police say the Brent Spence Bridge's lack of breakdown lanes contributed to the death of a motorist.
More information: Cincinnati Enquirer: Bridge's faults help take a life (Feb. 4, 2004)
Northern Kentucky Group Lobbying for Inclusion of Brent Spence Bridge Replacement in Federal Transportation Plan
Posted: 4-Feb-2004 4:25AM CST
A group lobbying on behalf of Northern Kentucky leaders is in Washington working to have money to replace the Brent Spence Bridge included in a federal transportation bill.
Brent Spence Bridge Replacement May Require Electric Substation to Move
Posted: 3-Feb-2004 1:50AM CST
Among the many things that will be impacted by the final design for a Brent Spence Bridge replacement is a Cinergy electric substation just west of the current bridge on the Cincinnati side. It would cost $300 million to move the substation.
More information: Cincinnati Post: Bridge routes have $300M question mark (Feb. 2, 2004)
Preliminary Alternatives for Brent Spence Bridge Replacement Announced
Posted: 30-Jan-2004 10:05PM CST
The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet has released a set of six preliminary corridors to examine during the study on how to best replace or rehabilitate the Brent Spence Bridge over the Ohio River in Northern Kentucky. All options include the construction of at least one new bridge and many would separate I-71 traffic from I-75 traffic.
Completion of the bridge project and other Northern Kentucky projects could be delayed due to state budge problems. Federal aid is key to completing the bridge project.
More information: Cincinnati Enquirer: Plans show options for Brent Spence (Jan. 30, 2004) , Cincinnati Enquirer: Brent Spence Bridge replacement (Jan. 30, 2004) , Cincinnati Enquirer: Brent Spence replacement may force firms to close (Jan. 30, 2004) , Cincinnati Post: Bridge project options studied (Jan. 30, 2004) , Kentucky Post: Area road work hinges on feds (Jan. 30, 2004)
Jan. 31 update: More information: Cincinnati Enquirer: Bridge backers race clock (Jan. 31, 2004) , Cincinnati Enquirer: Borgman cartoon - Political cartoonist proposes his own options for replacing the Brent Spence Bridge
Federal Funding Announced for Northern Kentucky Road Projects
Posted: 29-Jan-2004 6:19PM CST
Topics: [AA Highway] [Brent Spence Bridge Replacement] [Campbell County] [Interstate 275] [Interstate 71] [Interstate 75] [Kenton County] [KY 9] [The Ohio River] [US 27]
The 2004 federal omnibus spending bill which was approved by the senate last week includes $2 million to continue funding for a study on how to replace the aging I-71/I-75 Brent Spence Bridge across the Ohio River and $1.5 million for a connector route between the AA Highway and I-275.
President Bush must still sign the bill.
Roebling Bridge Traffic Restricted to One-Way Through March
Posted: 20-Jan-2004 7:41AM CST
Due to construction along Cincinnati.s river front, the Roebling Suspension Bridge will be open only to south bound traffic through March. A detour for north bound travelers is marked.
12th Street in Covington Likely to Be Widened, Not Renamed
Posted: 20-Jan-2004 7:41AM CST
12th street in Covington is still on schedule to be widened beginning in 2007; however, there has been little movement on efforts to rename the street in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The current six year highway plan calls for right-of-way acquisition for the widening project to begin next year.
Local NAACP leaders have called for the street to be renamed; however, opposition of local residents continues to be a problem. A city backed survey last year found that residents along the street overwhelmingly opposed the renaming.
More information: (Covington) Kentucky Post: Widening project on track (Jan. 19, 2004) , (Covington) Kentucky Post: Proposal to rename corridor stalled (Jan. 19, 2004) , (Covington) Kentucky Post: Survey: Keep 12th St. name (June 26, 2003)
Greater Cincinnati Promotes Need for New Bridge
Posted: 16-Jan-2004 8:13AM CST
Cincinnati area leaders are attempting to promote the benefits of building a new bridge across the Ohio River to replace the aging Brent Spence Bridge. A replacement is expected to cost $750 million; however, local leaders feel the benefits of such a bridge would far out way the costs.
More information: Kentucky Post: Worth $750 million? (Jan. 15, 2004)
KY 16 Widening in Kenton County May Begin This Year
Posted: 6-Jan-2004 6:49AM CST
Plans to widen part of KY 16 in southern Kenton County are progressing. Work should begin with year with completion of the 4.2-mile project in 2009.
More information: Kentucky Post: Views differ on plan to widen Ky. 16 (Dec. 16, 2003)
"Coalition for a New Bridge" Formed to Lobby for Brent Spence Bridge Replacement
Posted: 15-Nov-2003 6:09PM CST
A coalition, co-chaired by the senior vice-president of Toyota North America, has been formed to lobby for money needed to study and construct a replacement for the aging Brent Spence Bridge over the Ohio River. When the bridge opened in 1963, it was designed to carry 80,000 vehicles per day. Today it carries 149,000 vehicles per day.
More information: Kentucky Post: Coalition to lobby for a new bridge (Nov. 14, 2003)
Update 17-Nov-2003: More information: Associated Press: Group urges replacing I-75 bridge (Nov. 16, 2003)
Northern Kentucky Leaders Seek to Replace I-71/I-75 Brent Spence Bridge
Posted: 1-Oct-2003 2:12AM CDT
Leaders seek to replace the aging Brent Spence Bridge over the Ohio River. The eight-lane bridge which was built in 1963 and last remodeled in 1985, is one of 15 bridges nationwide described by the FHWA as functionally obsolete. A study is currently underway to determine how to best replace the bridge.
More information: Associated Press: N. Kentuckians seek new bridge to Cincinnati (Sept. 23, 2003) , Cincinnati.com: Special Report: Collision Course (Sept. 22, 2003) (an analysis of the Brent Spence Bridge and proposals to replace it)
Shortway Bridge Imploded
Posted: 30-Aug-2003 6:20PM CDT
The Shortway Bridge was demolished with explosives on the morning of Monday August 25. The new Licking River Girl Scout Bridge was closed during the implosion, and the Licking River was closed to river traffic for 24 hours so pieces of the bridge could be removed from the river. Steel from the bridge was collected for recycling.
The bridge, which connected 11th Street in Newport with 12th Street in Covington, opened in 1914 and was originally a toll road. The state purchased the bridge in 1986. It has been closed since 2001 when it was replaced by the Licking River Girl Scout Bridge.
More information: Cincinnati Enquirer: Shortway Bridge soon to be shorter (Aug. 22, 2003) . Kentucky Post: Bridge to close for Monday blast (Aug. 22, 2003) , Associated Press: Shortway Bridge to be imploded (Aug. 23, 2003) , Cincinnati Enquirer: 'Short' story to end Monday (Aug. 24, 2003) , Cincinnati Enquirer: Rush hour detours for bridge implosion (Aug. 25, 2003) , Cincinnati Enquirer: So long, Shortway: Bridge takes dive into river history (Aug. 26, 2003) , Kentucky Post: Picking up the pieces of the Shortway (Aug. 26, 2003)
Highway Worker Killed by 84 Year Old Driver in Accident in Kenton County
Posted: 30-Aug-2003 5:59PM CDT
Department of Highways employee Frank Chandler died of injuries suffered during a Aug. 19 accident on KY 8 (River Road) in Kenton County. Chandler had worked for the state for 30 years, the last 14 of which where spent in Northern Kentucky.
Chandler was struck by a car driven by Steve Stoinoff, 84, of Villa Hills. Police said that Stoinoff did not appear to be under the influence alcohol or other drugs.
Shortway Bridge to be Removed with Explosives on Aug. 24
Posted: 13-Aug-2003 10:33PM CDT
At 8 a.m. on Sunday, August 24, an implosion will remove the old Shortway Bridge over the Licking River between Convington and Newport. The bridge has been replaced by the new Licking Valley Girl Scouts Bridge.
More Federal Money Could be Allocated to Study Brent Spence Bridge Replacement
Posted: 27-Jul-2003 1:22AM CDT
The House Appropriations Committee approved a transportation spending bill that allocated $2.5 million to study replacing the I-71/I-75 Brent Spent Bridge over the Ohio River. The bill must still be passed by the full house, the Senate, and signed by the President before becoming law.
In February, the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet launched a $2 million study to determine how to best replace the aging bridge.
More information: Kentucky Post: Bridge may get $2.5M more (July 26, 2003)
Shortway Bridge Was Scheduled for Removal in June
Posted: 25-Jul-2003 10:13PM CDT
The old Shortway Bridge over the Licking River between Kenton and Campbell Counties was scheduled for removal in June; no word on whether or not it was actually removed.
More information: Cincinnati Enquirer: Shortway Bridge soon to go away (May 6, 2003)
Over Two-hundred Photographs Added
Posted: 25-Jul-2003 11:36AM CDT
Topics: Topic listing supressed. [71 topics related to this item]
Two-hundred-and-sixty-two photographs of Kentucky's roads have been added to this website. The new photo galleries include:
Northern Kentucky Outer Loop (I-74) Conceptual Feasibility Final Draft Released
Posted: 25-Jul-2003 7:29AM CDT
Topics: [AA Highway] [Boone County] [Bracken County] [Campbell County] [Carroll County] [Fleming County] [Franklin County] [Gallatin County] [Grant County] [Harrison County] [Henry County] [Interstate 74] [Interstate 75] [Kenton County] [KY 9] [Lewis County] [Mason County] [The Ohio River] [Owen County] [Pendleton County] [Robertson County] [Trimble County] [US 127] [US 27]
The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet has released the final report for the conceptual feasibility study for the Northern Kentucky Outer Loop, and the finding is that such an outer loop is not feasible.
The proposed route would connect with I-74 in Indiana, pass into Kentucky at the Markland Dam in Gallatin County, travel east-west across Kentucky, cross the Ohio River into Ohio at the William H. Harsha bridge near Maysville, and connect with a proposed extension of I-74 in Ohio. A two-year long study of this route found that the entire route would not be financially feasible in Kentucky; however, the study found that several segments of the route would have an independent of utility. The study divided the route into six sections and assigned them the following priorities:
The study found that construction of a proposed highway (Indiana State Road 101) from I-74 in Indiana to the Markland Dam would improve the usability of the Indiana to I-71 segment of the Outer Loop.
The release of the report does not guarantee that anything will be built. Construction is dependent on future funding.
Northern Kentucky Leaders Express Support for Gambling to Raise Tax Revenues; Gas Tax Increase Also Supported
Posted: 23-Jul-2003 7:28PM CDT
The Judge Executives of Boone, Kenton, and Campbell County expressed support for casino gambling during the 14th Annual State of Northern Kentucky Addresses yesterday. The Judge Executives also expressed some support for increasing the state's gas tax. The leaders are concerned about the dwindling tax revenue being collected by Frankfort and are afraid that services will be cut if new revenue is not found. A proposed expansion of KY 237 in Hebron is named as an example of a project that is in jeopardy if new funding cannot be found.
More information: Cincinnati Enquirer: N.Ky. officials leaning to gambling (July 23, 2003)
Kentucky Post's Jim Reis Looks At the History of the Bridges over the Ohio River in Northern Kentucky
Posted: 18-Jul-2003 6:21PM CDT
Topics: [Brent Spence Bridge Replacement] [Campbell County] [Interstate 471] [Interstate 71] [Interstate 75] [Kenton County] [The Ohio River] [US 127] [US 27]
The Kentucky Post recently posted two columns from Jim Reis looking at the history of the bridges over the Ohio River in Northern Kentucky:
Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky Leaders Seek Federal Aid for Brent Spence Bridge Replacement
Posted: 18-Jul-2003 5:24AM CDT
The Cincinnati Enquirer reported in this January 16, 2003 article that leaders from the Cincinnati area planned to seek quick federal assistance in replacing the Brent Spence Bridge over the Ohio River. The bridge is route of I-71 and I-75 over the Ohio River from Kentucky into Ohio.
Future of I-71/I-75 Bridge over Ohio River in Question
Posted: 31-Dec-2002 8:02AM CST
The Brent Spence Bridge which carries I-71 and I-75 over the Ohio River is projected to only have about 15 more years of useful life. The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet is beginning a 30 month study to determine how to extend the life of the bridge or how to best replace it.
Shortway Bridge Removal
Posted: 21-Aug-2002 8:32PM CDT
The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet will open bid proposals to remove the old Shortway Bridge over the Licking River between Covington and Newport on Sept. 27. It will be up to the contractor to decide how to remove the bridge: removing it piece by piece or with explosives are among the options.
The bridge was replaced by the Licking Valley Girl Scout Bridge and has been closed since the new bridge opened.
Before demolishing a bridge, the KYTC offers it to groups wishing to preserve it; however, no groups came forward to preserve this bridge. Covington and Newport both have requested parts of the bridge to use in other projects.
The Shortway Bridge had been a toll bridge in the past. Tolls were last collected in 1986.
More information: Kentucky Post: The Shortway Bridge: Rusting hulk (Aug. 21, 2002)
Cincinnati Area Planners Focus on I-75
Posted: 31-Jan-2002 10:18PM CST
According to this article , planners in the Cincinnati area are studying possible improvements to the I-75 corridor. I-75 is considered to be the most heavily traveled truck route in North America.
Turkeyfoot Road (KY 1303) Work to Begin in March
Posted: 31-Jan-2002 10:09PM CST
This Cincinnati Enquirer article reports that work will begin on improving a short section of KY 1303 in Kenton County this March.
Planners Seek to Improve US 25 in Northern Kentucky
Posted: 23-Jan-2002 4:19PM CST
According to this Kentucky Post article , county officials, planners, and engineers are seeking to make improvements to US 25 Dixie Highway in Northern Kentucky. They call it Kenton County's most pressing road need. Dixie Highways runs parallel to I-75, and traffic is increasingly shifting from I-75 to Dixie Highway. Plans have been around for nearly 20 years to improve the road.
Licking River Bridge Won't Be Renamed
Posted: 22-Jan-2002 10:01PM CST
The Cincinnati Enquirer reports that the new Licking River bridge won't be renamed . Northern Kentucky lawmakers had been seeking to rename the new bridge in honor Alvin C. Poweleit, a local doctor and World War II hero. The KYTC recently named the bridge in honor of local Girl Scouts.
Northern Kentucky Politicians Seeking to Rename Girl Scout Bridge
Posted: 16-Jan-2002 7:14PM CST
The new Licking River Bridge between Covington and Newport has only recently been named in honor of local Girl Scouts; however, a group of Northern Kentucky politicians are seeking to have the bridge renamed in honor of the late Dr. Alvin C. Poweleit, a family physician from Newport and World War II hero. More details can be found in this Cincinnati Enquirer article .
New Licking River Bridge Named in Honor of Girl Scouts
Posted: 10-Jan-2002 6:20PM CST
The new bridge over the Licking River between Covington and Newport locally known as the "Short Way" bridge has been named in honor of the local Girl Scout council. More information can be found in this press release .
New Bridge Connecting Covington and Newport May Open this Weekend
Posted: 28-Sep-2001 6:12PM CDT
The Cincinnati Enquirer reports in this Sept. 28, 2001 article that a new four lane bridge carrying KY 1120 over the Licking River between Covington and Newport could open this weekend. The bridge replaces an aging two lane span. The bridge will be dedicated and named in October.
Another I-275 Ramp Closing
Posted: 12-Sep-2001 1:44AM CDT
The Cincinnati Enquirer reports in this Sept. 11, 2001 article that another ramp at the I-275/I-75/I-71 interchange will be temporarily closed for repaving.
Kenton County Sheriff to Patrol I-71/I-75 in Northern Kentucky
Posted: 7-Sep-2001 3:06PM CDT
The Cincinnati Enquirer reports in this Sept. 7, 2001 article that the Kenton County Sheriff will be aiding Fort Mitchell Police in patrolling I-71/I-75. Construction on the northbound lanes has slowed the response time of Fort Mitchell police; the extra help is expected to help the response time.
Northern Kentucky Group Attacks Road Congestion
Posted: 4-Sep-2001 5:20AM CDT
The Cincinnati Enquirer reports in this Sept. 3, 2001 article that a group has been created to complain about congestion in Kenton County. The article points out that the transportation infrastructure in Kenton County, namely KY 16 and KY 17, has not kept up with the growth in the area.
Delays Plague work on KY 17 in Kenton County
Posted: 25-Aug-2001 3:20PM CDT
The Cincinnati Enquirer reports in this August 24, 2001 article that delays related to a new bridge may delay the opening of the new KY 17 until next year.
Work at I-75 and I-275 Interchange to Close Ramp
Posted: 16-Aug-2001 6:10AM CDT
The Cincinnati Enquirer reports in this August 15, 2001 article that work on the I-75/I-71 and I-275 interchange will cause the temporary closing of a ramp.
Completion of KY 17 Expansion near Independence Expected to Bring Growth
Posted: 3-Aug-2001 4:12PM CDT
The Cincinnati Enquirer reports in this August 3, 2001 article that work on the KY 17 expansion project in Kenton county is near completion. When the project is completed, rapid growth is expected in this largely undeveloped area of Kenton county.
I-71/I-75 Bridge Replacement Study May Start Early
Posted: 1-Aug-2001 9:57PM CDT
The Cincinnati Enquirer reports in this July 27, 2001 article that the U.S. Senate may approve a bill authorizing $2 million to begin a study on replacing Brent Spence Bridge over the Ohio River in 2002. The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet had been planning to start the study in 2006.
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