Study Says Removing Trucks From Brent Spence Wouldn't Reduce Crashes That Much

A huge finding released by the Ohio Kentucky and Indiana regional council of governments claims banning trucks from the Brent Spence Bridge would not improve your commute.

"On the Brent Spence Bridge. only one less severe crash would occur per year, and for the entire study area, only two fewer crashes would occur each year," said Mark Policinski, OKI executive director.

A prominent local leader strongly disagrees, insisting traffic would move a lot smoother without trucks crossing that bridge.

Traffic, safety, no shoulder, all these things come up when you start talking Brent Spence Bridge. On the heels of Wednesday's announcement by OKI, Covington Mayor Butch Callery and those driving this bridge each day have a lot to say.

When things go wrong on the Brent Spence Bridge, it's Howard Harmin's job to hop out of his Good Samaritan van and help.

Wednesday brought car trouble for Alison Hausgen, right in the middle of rush hour.

Howard's van gave Alison's car a push off the road, clearing the way to safety for Alison and the thousands of other drivers crossing the bridge.

"Horrible. I couldn't pull off, people were beeping, traffic was backed up, it was awful," said Hausgen

Safety on the bridge tops the list of reasons Callery still plans on pushing for a truck ban during on the peak driving hours.

"If I have, you know, my wife or daughter or anybody driving I would not like to see them go across the Brent Spence and I think a lot of people feel that way," said Callery.

He says Wednesday's presentation by OKI wasn't complete.

"OKI looked at accidents where there were injuries or deaths," Callery said.

Callery says it's the smaller problems, like Alison's broken down car, that drive problems on the Brent Spence Bridge over the top.

Back on the road, Howard says he sees Callery's point.

"It's for my safety and the safety that involves the situation," he said.

But Howard doesn't thing a truck ban would help, at least not for his type of work.

"The truck drivers help out a lot. A lot of them are local drivers and they, they know what these vans do," he said.

instead, Howard says the Tri-state needs a newer, wider bridge, and fast.

That might not happen for another 10 to 13 years.

That's why Mayor Callery says he's taking the bridge concerns now to the Kentucky Department of Transportation, and also plans to contact the congressman for his district, Geoff Davis.