Brent Spence plan could cost homes

By Joe Danneman - bio | email

COVINGTON, KY (FOX19) - The Brent Spence Bridge rehab plan is another step closer to construction.

But the plans could cost some local folks their homes.

The main plan is to build another bridge just west of the Brent Spence to help ease some of the traffic on the 45-year-old bridge.

Also, all of the plans point to the demolition of homes and at least part of a prominent Cincinnati building.

Kentucky and Ohio lawmakers sat down Monday to hear the new plans for the area's new bridge.

"It's not just about Northern Kentucky or Cincinnati, but it is about connecting the Great Lakes to Florida," said Congressman Steve Driehaus (D - Ohio).

The main plan is to build a new bridge and rehab the Brent Spence.

But inside the large packet of designs are lots of details still to be decided.

"I like the neighborhood. It's close to everything," said Gary Estes, who could lose his home for a new bridge.

A total of 10,000 postcards will go out next week to people living and working in possible impact areas, including Covington's historic Lewisburg District.

"I heard it was coming for a long time," said Estes.

In all the designs, this small Covington neighborhood will lose around a dozen homes.

Across the river, at least part of Longworth Hall will also get hit.

"I've lived here a long time and I don't like the idea," said Estes.

The next step for this project are a couple of public meetings in early May.

After that, it's about raising the more than $2 billion needed. Senator George Voinovich of Ohio says he's confident he can get federal money because he calls it a national project