OKI Council of Governments Board President and Clermont County Commissioner urge Congress for a bill to improve the congested Brent Spence Bridge.
An analysis by the American Transportation Research Institute (ATRI) and the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) revealed that the Brent Spence Bridge is the 15th most congested location in the nation. The study included 250 locations throughout the country and focused on how traffic congestion affected truck-based freight transport.
"This freight analysis only confirms what we have been promoting for nearly a decade, that the Brent Spence Bridge is a major chokepoint on the national infrastructure grid," said Clermont County Commissioner Edwin Humphrey." This really is not new information in our eyes, however; it illustrates that congestion levels on the bridge are among the worst in the nation."
According to the study the Brent Spence Bridge had an average travel speed of 47mph. During peak times, which are typically between 7:00a.m. and 9:00a.m. and 4:00p.m. and 6:00p.m.m the travel speed dropped to 37mph. Non-peak travel speed was 51mph.
There were two other locations in the OKI region that were included in the top 250:
- I-75 at I74 in Ohio was ranked 47
- I-75/I-75 at I-275 in Kentucky was ranked 108
ATRI and AHWA monitored freight significant highways as a part of a Freight Management and Operations program. The information can be used to better understand the severity of congestion and mobility constraints experienced along the highway system and can lead to better -informed decision making related to infrastructure investment.
"This study and President Obama's recent visit to Cincinnati elevates the understanding that the bridge needs to be addressed if we as a region and a nation, are going to continue to compete in the global marketplace," said OKI Executive Director Mark Policinski."Federal, state and local officials have been ardent backers of this bridge project, it's important we all continue to work together with the support of the region's business leaders, to get it done."