COVINGTON, Ky. (FOX19) - The Brent Spence Bridge is on schedule for its targeted reopening date of Dec. 23, according to Kentucky Transportation Cabinet Secretary Jim Gray.
It has now been 21 days since a fiery early morning crash between two semis closed the bridge.
Crews got to work almost immediately afterward to devise a plan to repair the Brent Spence.
Working around the clock, those crews have been able to keep on schedule for the Dec. 23 reopening, Gray said on Wednesday.
“We literally have all hands on deck as crews work around the clock to restore the bridge to its safe and sound state,” Gray said. “The project remains on track as activities continue this week to prepare for the installation of the new upper deck.”
The latest step in the repair process happened Monday when the last of the 16 steel beams were set into place.
Up next for crews will be to replace a section of concrete on the upper deck of the bridge, Gray explained. The upper southbound concrete barriers will also need to be replaced.
Once those steps are complete, Gray says crews will then begin work on the lower deck of the bridge.
He says that work won’t be as extensive because that part of the bridge wasn’t damaged as much as the upper portion.
Crews will have to hydro blast and mill the concrete on the lower deck instead of replacing any sections, according to Gray. A surface layer of concrete will also be applied.
While the Brent Spence Bridge repairs continue, make sure you know an alternate route to get around it.
You can find a list of possible detours here: Brent Spence Bridge detours.
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