Covington leaders stress bridge hearing

COVINGTON, KY (AP) - Leaders in northern Kentucky's largest city are stressing the importance of a public hearing this week on the design for a replacement of the Brent Spence Bridge.

That's because the current design for a bridge that would span the Ohio River connecting southern Ohio and to northern Kentucky doesn't include direct access to Covington from southbound Interstate 75.

Brent Cooper, the chairman of the Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce, told The Kentucky Enquirer that the design is problematic for the city, which has hotels, gas stations and other businesses clustered near the current access ramp.

He says businesses near the river "have a legitimate concern" that they will lose customers.

The hearing is scheduled for 5-8 p.m. on April 25 at the Northern Kentucky Convention Center.

--- Information from: The Kentucky Enquirer

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