By Nolan Miles
P3 Kentucky Staff Writer
Kentucky’s need for new bridges is growing, a confirmation made by a recent study released by the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) on an Ohio River crossing to improve travel on I-71 and I-75.
The Brent Spence Strategic Corridor Study was commissioned by Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin to create an alternative to congestion in the Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky region.
“This study confirms what many already suspected — a new bridge is needed, as well as improvements to I-71/75 to address the explosive economic growth along this important transportation corridor,” said Bevin. “It is also imperative that we stay focused on the economic development potential of a bypass. To that end, I am requesting that a planning study for the Kentucky portion of an eastern bypass be included in the next highway plan.”
The study has outlined factors to consider, including the cost of the new bridge, condition of the existing Brent Spence Bridge, as well as improvements needed on I-275 in Kentucky. The new proposed, double-decker bridge is currently expected to costs $2.3 billion.
The communities of the Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky regions have provided feedback on the study, with local organizations and entities like the Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce, Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber and Tri-Ed weighing in on the study’s revelations.