Bridge Replacement

Contractors eager to discuss replacing Ohio River bridge at Cincinnati

Contractors are eager to discuss plans for replacing an interstate highway bridge that spans the Ohio River between Cincinnati and northern Kentucky.

Plans are being made for a four-year, 18 million-dollar study on the environmental impact of replacing the Brent Spence Bridge. Representatives of six contractors and more than 40 subcontractors attended a Cincinnati meeting with regional planning officials yesterday to discuss the project. Highway officials say the 41-year-old Brent Spence Bridge is in good structural condition and is expected to remain so for years.

But Ohio and Kentucky are making plans to eventually replace it because the bridge is carrying more traffic each day than it was designed to handle. It carries Interstates 71 and 75 across the Ohio River between Cincinnati and Covington, Kentucky.