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Brent Spence Bridge inspection causes lane closures

New Brent Spence Bridge proposal (FOX19 File photo) New Brent Spence Bridge proposal (FOX19 File photo)
The bridge was deemed "functionally obsolete" in 1998. (FOX19 File photo) The bridge was deemed "functionally obsolete" in 1998. (FOX19 File photo)
CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) -

The safety of the Brent Spence Bridge came into question last weekend after a chunk of concrete fell from the bridge, damaging a car below.

Now, just days later, the bridge is up for inspection.

[RELATED: Concrete beam falls on car near Paul Brown Stadium, ODOT investigates]

This history of the bridge explains what has led to the fight for a new one.

In 1986, emergency lanes were eliminated from the Brent Spence to widen the bridge to four lanes on each deck. Then, in 1998, the bridge was listed as "functionally obsolete" by the National Bridge Inventory.

Fast forward to this year. Ohio Gov. John Kasich and state lawmakers sent a message to Northern Kentucky in June about the bridge with the quote "We've done our part, now do yours."

Kasich was at Paul Brown Stadium in June and signed into law a bill that will allow for tolls to be collected electronically if a new bridge is ever built.

The inspection for the bridge will cause lane closures on I-71/75 through Sept. 21. Single lane closures will be in place on both sides between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m. each night.

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