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) will manage 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

Traffic impacts planned for Wednesday, March 3, weather permitting:

  • At 11 p.m., traffic on I-71/75 northbound will be reduced to a single lane -- only the far right/east lane will be open across the Brent Spence Bridge. The two right/east lanes of travel will reopen to traffic by 4 a.m., Thursday morning.   

 

  • At 11 p.m., the approach to the Brent Spence Bridge from I-75 southbound in Ohio will be reduced to a single lane – only the right/west lane will be open. Two lanes of travel from I-75 southbound across the bridge will be open by 4 a.m., Thursday morning. 
     

  • At midnight (Wednesday night/Thursday morning), law enforcement will be in place just north of the bridge on I-75 southbound in Ohio and will begin holding traffic in 15-minute increments to allow crews to perform various operations to set the travel pattern for Phase 1.  

    By 4 a.m., only the two left/east lanes of travel on I-71/75 southbound across the Brent Spence Bridge will be open. The two right/west lanes on I-71/75 southbound across the bridge will be closed.  

    This travel pattern will remain in place throughout Phase 1 of the maintenance project.  

 

  • Also at midnight (Wednesday night/Thursday morning), law enforcement will be in place near the Reading Rd./Dorchester Ave./Eden Park Dr. exit ramp on I-71 southbound in Ohio and will begin holding traffic in 15-minute increments to allow crews to perform various operations. This work will be completed by 4 a.m.

 

  • In addition, at midnight (Wednesday night/Thursday morning), work will take place on the following ramp that provides access to I-71 southbound in Ohio:

    • The on-ramp to I-71 southbound from Reading Rd./Dorchester Ave./Eden Park Dr. 

 

The ramp will not be closed but crews will be on the ramp between 12 a.m. – 4 a.m., and drivers should use extra caution in this area. 

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ANTICIPATED LANE CLOSURES FOR PHASE 1 - NORTHBOUND

ANTICIPATED LANE CLOSURES FOR PHASE 1 - SOUTHBOUND

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I-71 ALTERNATE ROUTES AND DETOUR MAP

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Beginning March 1, 2021, the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) will manage a routine maintenance project to clean and paint the bridge.

KYTC Contact: District 6, Nancy Wood,

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

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