Brent Spence Bridge closure creates opportunity for maintenance crews

Updated: Nov. 16, 2020 at 12:51 PM EST
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CINCINNATI (FOX19) - The Brent Spence Bridge Closure is not bad news for everyone it turns out.

Ohio Department of Transportation crews are using the unexpected closure to get some routine maintenance work done. ODOT officials say crews are safely able to perform drain cleaning, grass cutting, pavement repairs, guardrail work, and more.

“Our managers have been reviewing that area to look for any maintenance improvements, some of which have already started, that can be completed while the bridge is closed,” ODOT District 8 Highway Management Administrator Doug Gruver said. “This allows us to get some needed work done without adding additional impacts to drivers and keeps our workers safe.”

A fiery crash between two trucks on Nov. 11 closed the bridge over the Ohio River between downtown Cincinnati and Covington indefinitely.

Gov. Andy Beshear says the target date to reopen the Brent Spence is Dec. 23.

The bridge carries about 160,000 vehicles per day, according to the Ohio Department of Transportation’s Brent Spence Bridge Corridor project website.

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