FOCUS - The Brent Spence Bridge Corridor Project

This year, The Brent Spence Bridge turns 50 years old. Approximately 175,000 vehicles use this bridge each day which is more than double what it was built to accommodate. Federal transportation officials and the National Bridge Inventory have designated the bridge as “functionally obsolete” and police and emergency medical personnel respond to more than 650 accidents and incidents on the bridge each year.

 

The Brent Spence Bridge Corridor Project includes construction of a new bridge, rehabilitation of the existing Brent Spence Bridge, and reconstruction of a 7.8-mile segment of I-75 from just north of the Western Hills Viaduct in Ohio to the Dixie Highway interchange in Fort Mitchell, KY. The total project is currently estimated to cost around $2.7 billion.

 

On this episode of Focus, Kathy Lehr learns more about why the Cincinnati Regional Chamber of Commerce and the business community are supporting the rebuilding of the I-75 / Brent Spence Bridge Corridor, why transportation is important to local businesses, how long the project will take to complete, how it will affect commuters, the consequences of waiting to repair and replace the bridge and, most importantly, how the project will be funded.

 

For more information about

The Brent Spence Bridge Corridor Project:

 

Website: www.brentspencebridgecorridor.com

 

Website: www.blockedbythebridge.com

 

Length: 
26 minutes
Date Recorded: 
02/21/2013
Location Recorded: 
CET Studios