PROJECT OVERVIEW

The Brent Spence Bridge is a major thoroughfare for both local and national traffic, connecting two states that are critical to the movement of people, goods, and services. The bridge carries I-71 and I-75 traffic over the Ohio River and has four lanes of traffic on each of the upper and lower decks. 

 

Beginning March 1, 2021, the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) is managing a routine maintenance project to clean and paint the bridge. The project, which is scheduled to be completed by Nov. 15, 2021, will require various lane closures on the bridge, as well as the closure of several ramps that provide access to the bridge. 

TRAVEL PATTERNS TO BE GRADUALLY PUT IN PLACE WEEK OF MARCH 1, WEATHER PERMITTING

Current lane and ramp closures now in place:

  • The two westernmost lanes on both the north and southbound decks of the bridge are CLOSED. (If you are traveling northbound, the two east/right lanes are open; if you are traveling southbound, the two east/left lanes are open.) This travel pattern will remain in place throughout Phase 1 of the maintenance project.   
     

  • The following ramps are CLOSED and will remain closed throughout the duration of the maintenance project:  

    • The on-ramp to I-71/75 northbound from Fourth St. in Covington   

    • The on-ramp to I-71 southbound from Fort Washington Way in Downtown Cincinnati 

    • The on-ramp to I-71 southbound from Third St. in Downtown Cincinnati    

 

The I-71 southbound detour has been set, with two lanes now exiting to I-471. Earlier this week, crews successfully restriped the ramp from I-71 southbound to I-471 to allow additional capacity on the ramp for traffic detouring from I-71 southbound to I-471.  

 

Additional Traffic Impacts planned for Monday, March 8 - Tuesday, March 9,

weather permitting:  

  • At 11 p.m. Monday night, traffic on I-71/75 northbound will be reduced to a single lane. Only the far right (easternmost) lane will be open across the Brent Spence Bridge. Two right (east) lanes of travel will reopen to traffic by 4 a.m., Tuesday morning. (The two easternmost lanes of travel on the southbound deck will remain open; the overnight single lane of travel is on the northbound deck only.)  

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LANE CLOSURES FOR PHASE 1 - NORTHBOUND

LANE CLOSURES FOR PHASE 1 - SOUTHBOUND

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I-71 ALTERNATE ROUTES AND DETOUR MAP

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From March 1 through November 15, 2021, the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) is managing a routine maintenance project to clean and paint the

Brent Spence Bridge.

KYTC Contact: District 6, Nancy Wood,

(859) 341-2700, Nancy.Wood@ky.gov

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