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Public Hearing for Brent Spence Bridge Project
LEBANON, Ohio (April 11, 2012) - The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) and Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT), in cooperation with the Federal Highway Administration, have issued an Environmental Assessment (EA) and Draft Section 4(f) Evaluation for the Brent Spence Bridge Replacement/Rehabilitation Project.
ODOT and KYTC will conduct public hearings on April 24, 2012, and April 25, 2012, that will afford the public an opportunity to comment on the project. The meetings will be held from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.  with a 10-15 minute presentation by the project team at 5:30 p.m., followed by a question and answer period. The public hearings will be held at Longworth Hall, 700 West Pete Rose Way, Cincinnati, on Tuesday, April 24, and at the Northern Kentucky Convention Center, 1 West Rivercenter Boulevard, Covington, Ky., on Wednesday, April 25.  In Covington, free public parking for hearing attendees will be provided at the River Center Parking Lot.  Parking vouchers will be distributed at the hearing.  Project team representatives will be available before and after the presentation to discuss the project. A court reporter will be available to record comments.
Preferred Alternative I for the project is on existing I-71/I-75 with additional travel lanes north of Kyles Lane.  Access from the interstate to Covington will be through a collector-distributor (C-D) roadway at 12th, 9th and 5th Streets.  Access from Covington to the interstate will be at 4th Street and 12th Street. In Ohio, a local C-D roadway will be constructed along both sides of I-75.  The proposed improvement includes a new double-deck bridge built just west of the existing Brent Spence Bridge.  The existing Brent Spence Bridge will be rehabilitated to carry I-71 and local traffic. The Preferred Alternative includes the Western Hills Viaduct Tight Urban Diamond Interchange.
In addition to comments about the Preferred Alternative, KYTC and ODOT are also seeking comments on the proposed mitigation measures for impacts to historic resources (Lewisburg Historic District and Longworth Hall), and recreational resources (Goebel Park and Queensgate Playground and Ballfields) as a result of the project.
In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), if anyone has a disability and will require assistance, please notify Keith Smith, ODOT Environmental Engineer, of the necessary requirements no later than April 17, 2012.  This request does not have to be in writing.  Please call (513) 933-6590 or mail request to the Ohio Department of Transportation, District 8, 505 South SR 741, Lebanon, OH  45036.
The public hearing will be held in compliance with Executive Order 12898 and Title IV of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (Section 601 of 42 USC 2000(d)) which states that “No person in the United States shall be excluded from participation in or otherwise discriminated against on the grounds of race, color, or national origin under any program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance.” Information on the project can be found at www.brentspencebridgecorridor.com
For more information, contact Sharon Smigielski, District 8 Communications, at (513) 933-6511
Or Nancy Wood, at (859) 341-2700
Sharon Smigielski
Public Information Officer
ODOT - District 8
505 S. St. Rt. 741
Lebanon, OH 45036
(513) 933-6511
(513) 933-9472 Fax