Brent Spence Bridge remains closed: Best detours

Brent Spence Bridge remains closed

KENTON COUNTY, Ky. (FOX19) - Just in case you forgot over the weekend, the Brent Spence Bridge over the Ohio River between downtown Cincinnati and Covington remains closed indefinitely after a fiery crash involving two trucks damaged and closed the bridge last week.

One lane is now open along Interstate 71/75 between I-275 and 5th Street in northern Kentucky.

The single lane is open to local traffic only and is intended to increase access to downtown Covington, authorities say.

The ramps to northbound I-71/75 from 5th Street and 12th streets remain closed.

Traffic Monday morning was heavy on the Clay Wade Bailey Bridge in Covington, and eastbound I-275 was shut down at I-471.

The following exit ramps also are now open, according to Kentucky state transportation officials:

  • Buttermilk Pike (KY 371) – Exit 186;
  • Dixie Highway (U.S.25) – Exit 188;
  • Kyles Lane (KY 1072) – Exit 189;
  • 12th St./MLK Blvd (KY 1120) – Exit 191; and
  • 5th St (KY 8) – Exit 192.

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Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear has asked drivers for patience because the Brent Spence Bridge could be closed for weeks, maybe months.

Since Wednesday’s crash, crews have cleaned up the debris, and engineers have been brought in to check the bridge.

Officials say 20 inspectors are examining the bridge’s condition, along with the concrete deck and structure above the road lanes.

Jason Stith, a bridge engineer with Michael Baker International, says they have a top team working non-stop to evaluate the damage.

“We’ve got really the best people we could have out here looking at the bridge," he said. “The Federal Highway Administration has brought in expertise and onsite personnel that have been instrumental in making decisions, making them in real-time. As we are getting information, things are changing and (we are) trying to come up with the best solutions as quickly as possible as we move things forward.”

The Coast Guard closed the Ohio River to water traffic underneath the bridge Friday evening, but it has reopened.

The John A. Roebling Suspension Bridge also open again but closed to semis due to a weight limit.

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