Brent Spence Bridge: New steel beams to be shipped next week

Brent Spence Bridge: New steel beams to be shipped next week
Repair materials for the Brent Spence Bridge are expected to be shipped to Covington soon. Steel beams were delivered Tuesday to Frankfort, Kentucky, where Bottoms Engineering & Services president Drew Thompson said fabrication will take place before going to the construction site. (Source: Provided)

KENTON COUNTY, Ky. (FOX19) - Repair materials for the Brent Spence Bridge are expected to be delivered to Covington soon.

Steel beams were delivered Tuesday to Frankfort, Kentucky, where Bottoms Engineering & Services president Drew Thompson said fabrication will take place before going to the construction site.

The Brent Spence Bridge carries thousands of vehicles a day, but it has been shut down since a crash involving two trucks and a fire on Wednesday, Nov 11.

One of trucks was hauling potassium hydroxide and an unknown amount of diesel fuel.

The lengthy fire damaged the upper deck of the bridge, which connects downtown Cincinnati and Covington over the Ohio River and holds the southbound lanes of Interstate 71/75.

Fixing the bridge will cost about $3.1 million and take until Dec. 23, Kentucky state transportation officials say.

The bridge will remain closed in the meantime, which has resulted in a traffic headache for commuters.

Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear has urged motorists to have patience and pledged that the bridge will not reopen until he feels it’s safe enough to drive his own family across it.

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