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Ohio Department of Transportation

December 2, 2004

  Kentucky Transportation Cabinet

Ohio and Kentucky Partner on Brent Spence Bridge Project

(CINCINNATI December 2, 2004) The joint agreement announced today by Ohio Department of Transportation Director Gordon Proctor and Kentucky Transportation Cabinet Deputy Secretary, Dick Murgatroyd provided details regarding the next steps to improve the Brent Spence Bridge.

I am pleased we will be working with the KYTC and look forward to our partnership to address issues associated with the Brent Spence Bridge, said Proctor. While the bridge is structurally sound, traffic volumes have greatly exceeded its capacity, negatively impacting safety and mobility.

The agreement between ODOT and KYTC includes partnering on the environmental and preliminary design phases of the project, which is expected to cost $18 million. ODOT will provide 54.5 percent of the funding and serve as the lead agency and KYTC will contribute 45.5 percent toward the cost.

We have stated since the beginning that this is a joint effort between Kentucky and Ohio, Murgatroyd said. Todays announcement spells that partnership out further, and shows the commitment between our agency and ODOT that replacing the Brent Spence Bridge is a top priority.

The expected outcomes of this phase of the project include: an environmental clearance; stage 1 design of the preferred alternative; detailed cost estimates for right of way, utilities and construction; and a strategic plan including a financial plan for the project. The selection of a consultant to perform this work should be completed by May 2005. The consultant is expected to begin work in early June 2005.

The Brent Spence Bridge project is one of several projects to reduce congestion and improve safety throughout southwest Ohio and northern Kentucky during the next 20 years. While actual work on the bridge begins after 2012, major improvements to I-75 will be underway north of the Brent Spence Bridge. Additional projects include a lane addition on I-75 from SR 129 to SR 122 beginning in 2008. In 2009, a lane addition on I-75 in Warren County between SR 122 and the Montgomery County Line is expected to begin. Also, interchange improvements on Interstate 75 in Warren County begins in 2008, and in 2010 there will be a series of interchange improvements on I-75 in Hamilton County.

Projects to improve the highway network in Kentucky include widening 12th Street in Covington, constructing a new interchange at Interstate 275 at KY 20 near the airport, widening Turfway Road, reconstruction of Mt. Zion Road (KY 536), widening of KY 237 and reconstruction of U.S. 27. Each of these projects, like the Brent Spence Bridge, is necessary to ease traffic congestion and improve safety in Northern Kentucky while increasing opportunities for new economic development and improving the overall quality of life for the people of Boone, Campbell and Kenton counties.

The Brent Spence Bridge was built in the early 1960s and currently carries 155,000 vehicles daily, significantly more than the original design for 80,000 vehicles per day. During the past four decades, daily traffic volume has increased steadily by an average of 2,000 vehicles annually.

Link to Facts Sheets: Brent Spence Bridge Project | Southwest Ohio Projects | Northern Kentucky Projects