January 28, 2021

Kentucky-Ohio bridge reopens after damage from crash, fire

COVINGTON, Ky. (AP) — An Ohio River bridge damaged by fire has reopened to traffic between Kentucky and Ohio.

Traffic began moving on the Brent Spence Bridge on Dec. 22 after a fiery truck crash closed it on Nov. 11.

A six-week repair project repaired and restored the bridge between Covington, Kentucky, and Cincinnati. The bridge carries interstates 71 and 75 over the river.

The reopening happened a day earlier than Kentucky transportation officials had expected. A final inspection was done on the repair work on Dec. 21. Workers had to finish painting lane striping on the bridge’s upper and lower decks before the reopening, the governor’s office said.

The state used $12 million in federal emergency funds for the work. Crews installed new support beams and a new concrete driving surface where the bridge was damaged.