Public invited to talk about Brent Spence replacement

COVINGTON, KY (FOX19) - Transportation officials will be hosting public hearings to get the community's input on the potential road design options to replace the Brent Spence Bridge.

There is a public hearing set for Tuesday, April 24th at Longworth Hall on Pete Rose Way. A second meeting is planned for April 25 at the Northern Kentucky Convention Center. The meetings will be held from 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM.

The 7.8 mile reconstruction would start just north of the Western Hills Viaduct and end a mile south of Dixie Highway in Fort Mitchell.  Historic areas such as Longworth hall and Goebel Park would be only slightly impacted by the reconstruction.

The cost for the highway and road reconstruction is estimated at $1.7 billion dollars. In addition, the work to be done on the existing bridge will cost 73.5 million, a new bridge to stand alongside the old one will cost $730 million, bringing the grand total for the project to nearly $2.5 billion

The biggest concern in the preferred plan is limited access to Fifth Street in Covington, KY compared to the current exit configurations.

In addition to the roadway design, transportation planners still need to decide on a bridge. One option is a design with a single tower cable system. The second alternative has a design that features an arch across the bridge. A third option is a design with a two tower cable system.

In each case, the existing Brent Spence Bridge will remain.

Comments from the meetings will be incorporated into the final environmental document about the bridge. 

Interesting facts:

1. Every month the bridge is not built it costs an extra $8-million dollars.  - Mark Policinski, Executive Director of the O-K-I Regional Council of Government

2. Originally the bridge opened in 1963.

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