Signs to be installed in NKY to warn drivers about hazardous materials restrictions

Signs to be installed in NKY to warn drivers about hazardous materials restrictions

COVINGTON, Ky. (FOX19) - The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet will begin installing new signs Monday along I-71/75 northbound and I-275 east and westbound in Boone and Kenton counties to remind drivers about transporting hazardous materials.

The change in signage comes after a fiery crash on the Brent Spence Bridge in Nov. 2020 when police say a semi carrying potassium hydroxide crashed into a jackknifed semi.

The truck was on the bridge legally because the amount of the chemical was far below the federal threshold for being categorized as a “hazmat”, according to the KYTC.

“We listened, and then we held conversations at the local, state and federal levels regarding the hazmat restrictions in the area,” Kentucky Transportation Secretary Jim Gray said. “We share the desire to install signage to reinforce the restrictions, which commercial drivers who plan their routes should already know.”

KYTC officials say they plan to have new or upgraded signs at 12 locations along the Boone and Kenton County highways.

Ground-mounted signs will be installed at three new sites. Overhead signs will be replaced or fitted with plaques that say “No Hazmats” in other locations.

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