Ohio River reopened to water traffic following inspection

Ohio River reopened to water traffic following inspection
The Ohio River reopened to water traffic Saturday evening.

COVINGTON, Ky. (FOX19) - The Ohio River was reopened to water traffic Saturday evening.

Kentucky Transportation Cabinet officials and the U.S. Coast Guard made the announcement following inspections after the fiery crash between two trucks on the Brent Spence Bridge earlier this week.

KYTC Secretary Jim Gray had announced the closure Friday after a visual inspection of the fire damage.

Gray says lab tests KYTC on the steel of the bridge’s major support beams confirmed that they had maintained their integrity.

Officials say the project is moving on multiple tracks at once as inspectors are examining the damage and collecting samples for materials testing, and engineers are designing specific repairs.

KYTC officials say they began work right away to secure the vendors, supplies and contractors that would be needed for the eventual repair project.

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