Nationwide, Interstate 75 is one of the major north-south interstate highways. Trailing behind Interstate 95 by only 132 miles, it is the second longest north-south interstate.
In Kentucky, I-75 runs from the state's southern border near Williamsburg to the northernmost tip of the state at Covington. I-75 is the state’s longest interstate: at 191.777 miles it is a mere 0.27 miles longer than Interstate 64.
Construction began on I-75 in May of 1960 and was finished in June of 1970. Since then major construction projects have been undertaken on a number of sections of the route. A five-mile stretch descending into the Ohio River valley in Northern Kentucky developed notoriety for its high accident rate; the so called S-curve was rebuilt through much of the 1990s. Several stretches of I-75 have been widened to six lanes in recent years. Long terms plans are to widen the rest of the I-75 in Kentucky to at least six lanes. I-71 and I-75's Brent Spence Bridge over the Ohio River is in need of replacement.
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Tennessee Schedules Public Meetings to Discuss I-75 Improvements
Posted: 15-Sep-2009 10:50PM CDT
The Tennessee Department of Transportation will hold three public meetings this week to discuss possible improvements to I-75 from the Kentucky state line to the Georgia state line: Associated Press: TDOT public meetings this week about I-75 (Sept. 14, 2009)
Location, Tolls Problems for Brent Spence Bridge Replacement
Posted: 12-Feb-2009 7:33AM CST
Topics: [Brent Spence Bridge Replacement] [Interstate 71] [Interstate 75] [Kenton County] [Ohio] [The Ohio River]
The Associated Press has a brief story about how the questions of where and how to pay for a replacement for the Brent Spence Bridge still remain to be answered: Associated Press: Tolls, location problems in bridge planning (Feb. 9, 2009)
I-75 Widening May Start Next Year
Posted: 1-Mar-2006 2:39AM CST
Widening of I-75 in Grant and Scott Counties may start next year: (Convington) Kentucky Post: Interstate widening to start (Feb. 16, 2006)
Brent Spence Bridge Replacement to be a Signature Bridge
Posted: 30-Oct-2005 11:44PM CST
Topics: [Brent Spence Bridge Replacement] [Interstate 71] [Interstate 75] [Kenton County] [Ohio] [The Ohio River]
One percent of the budget to build a replacement for the Brent Spence Bridge will be used to improve the bridge’s aesthetics: Kentucky Post: Bridge will be one of a kind (Oct. 7, 2005) , Cincinnati Enquirer: Goal: Get bridge right; Much study underpins planning for Brent Spence replacement (Oct. 17, 2005)
4.4 More Miles of I-75 in Northern Kentucky to be Widened
Posted: 10-Sep-2005 9:41PM CDT
Work will soon begin to widen another 4.4 miles of I-75 between Lexington and the Ohio River. Eaton Asphalt Paving Co was recently awarded a $22.49 million contract to widen a section of the highway in Grant County; when this project is complete only 14.6 miles of the 94 mile Ohio River to Lexington section of the highway will be left to be widened.
Dry Ridge Connector Opens
Posted: 10-Sep-2005 9:39PM CDT
A new connector route has opened in the Grant County city of Dry Ridge. The new route connects I-75 with US 25: Grant County News: Dry Ridge bypass opens (July 7, 2005) , (Covington) Kentucky Post: New Dry Ridge bypass is drawing accolades (Sept. 7, 2005)
Work Planned for I-75 in Cincinnati
Posted: 1-Jul-2005 3:51AM CDT
The Cincinnati Enquirer recently published a special section covering proposed improvements to I-75 in Cincinnati: Cincinnati Enquirer: I-75: The Big Fix
Parsons Brinckerhoff Awarded $18 Million Contract to Perform Brent Spence Bridge Study
Posted: 30-Apr-2005 5:55AM CDT
Topics: [Brent Spence Bridge Replacement] [Interstate 71] [Interstate 75] [Kenton County] [Ohio] [The Ohio River]
The Ohio Department of Transportation and the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet have awarded the engineering firm of Parsons Brinckerhoff an $18 million contract to perform a study on how to best replace the Brent Spence Bridge: Cincinnati Enquirer: Engineering firm gets $18M to design new Brent Spence (April 22, 2005)
A group of residents is urging that any replacement bridge be constructed as a signature piece for the area: Cincinnati Post: Signature bridge urged (April 22, 2005)
I-75 Traffic Conditions Website
Posted: 30-Apr-2005 5:54AM CDT
The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet has created a website with information about lane closures and construction on Interstate 75 near the Tennessee border: Kentucky Transportation Cabinet: I-75 Traffic Updates
I-75 in Northern Tennessee Reopens
Posted: 1-Apr-2005 3:47AM CST
After a week of delays, all lanes of I-75 in northern Tennessee have opened though work to repair a collapse of part of the interstate will continue for some time.
More information: WKYT: Interstate 75 reopened in Campbell County (March 11, 2005) , Kentucky Transportation Cabinet: One lane of Interstate 75 southbound REOPEN to traffic in Tennessee (March 11, 2005) , Associated Press: Work on slope expected to snarl I-75 traffic (Mar. 26, 2005)
Southbound I-75 in Northern Tennessee Expected to Remain Closed until Friday
Posted: 10-Mar-2005 5:33AM CST
The southbound lanes of I-75 in Tennessee between exits 160 and 134 are expected to remain closed until Friday, March 11. Weather has delayed the completion of cross over lanes that will allow southbound traffic to bypass a collapsed section of southbound lanes.
The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet has provided a list of several possible detours: Kentucky Transportation Cabinet: Interstate 75 southbound will remain closed until Friday, March 11 (March 8, 2005)
Portion of I-75 in Tennessee Closed
Posted: 2-Mar-2005 4:18PM CST
A portion of I-75 in Tennessee near the Kentucky state line has been closed due to a rock slide. It is unknown how long the closure will last: WKYT: Portion Of I-75 South Closed (March 1, 2005)
Study Finds 14 Lanes Needed on Brent Spence Bridge
Posted: 9-Feb-2005 1:55AM CST
A Transportation Cabinet Engineer reported to the Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce that a study of how to best upgrade or replace the Brent Spence Bridge has shown that the I-71/I-75 bridge over the Ohio River should carry seven lanes of traffic in each direction.
More information: Cincinnati Post: Proposal calls for 14-lane bridge (Feb. 8, 2005)
Brent Spence Bridge Structurally Sound
Posted: 10-Jan-2005 5:18PM CST
Topics: [Brent Spence Bridge Replacement] [Interstate 71] [Interstate 75] [Kenton County] [The Ohio River]
A recent report finds that the Brent Spence Bridge will remain structurally sound for at least the next 16 years so long as the bridge receives regular maintenance. This contradicts a 1999 study that found the bridge’s structural integrity would fail within 15 years.
More information: Cincinnati Enquirer: Interstate 71/75 span ruled sound (Jan. 9, 2005)
Winter Storm Aftermath Continues
Posted: 24-Dec-2004 3:20PM CST
Topics: [Caldwell County] [Interstate 24] [Interstate 65] [Interstate 71] [Interstate 75] [Indiana] [Interstates] [Kenton County] [Lyon County] [Marshall County] [Parkways] [Travel Information] [Trigg County]
Two days after a winter storm dumped record amounts of snow and ice on much of western and northern Kentucky, the commonwealth is still recovering. As of the time of this writing, the state highway information system reports that I-24 remains closed between Exit 25 (the Jullian M. Carroll Purchase Parkway in Marshall County) and Exit 65 (US 68/KY 80 in Trigg County). Kentucky’s other interstates and parkways are open; however, many stretches remain ice covered and the shoulders are dotted with abandoned vehicles. WBKO in Bowling Green reports that traffic is moving very slowly on I-65 and that the highway is still covered in ice near Elizabethtown. In many places, secondary roadways remain covered by snow and ice, and many roads are impassible.
Information regarding current conditions on Kentucky’s highways can be obtained by calling 1-800-RDREPORT, by calling 511 from an in-state telephone, or by visiting ww.511.ky.gov .
More information: Courier-Journal: The big chill: Cold expected to hinder cleanup after storm (Dec. 24, 2004) , Courier-Journal: National Guard called to help stranded motorists (Dec. 24, 2004) , Courier-Journal: Road crews, others struggle to clear roads, unclog snarls (Dec. 24, 2004) , Lexington Herald-Leader: Traffic woes, power outages across state are storm's legacy (Dec. 24, 2004) , The (Henderson) Gleaner: Many autos abandoned; even highway crews having tough time (Dec. 24, 2004) , Associated Press: Stranded vehicles block part of I-64 (Dec. 24, 2004) , Cincinnati Enquirer: 'Cut in the hill' unkindest in snow; Interstate 71/75 bottleneck snares traffic for hours (Dec. 24, 2004) , Murray Ledger & Times: Snow causes plenty of headaches (Dec. 23, 2004) , (Hopkinsville) Kentucky New Era: White Christmas; Still slow going on snowy roads (Dec. 24, 2004) , Courier-Journal: Buses go where snowbound drivers fear to tread (Dec. 24, 2004) , The (Henderson) Gleaner: Santa on a tractor: Residents shovel, cope, and help each other (Dec. 24, 2004)
More Snow and Ice Information
Posted: 24-Dec-2004 1:47AM CST
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Wrecks caused backups on I-71 and I-24 and summary of snow response statewide: Associated Press: Winter storm coats parts of Kentucky with snow, ice (Dec. 23, 2004) , Associated Press: Winter Storm Coats Much Of Kentucky With Snow, Ice (Dec. 23, 2004)
Summary of snow response in Northern Kentucky and Cincinnati: (Covington) Kentucky Post: Kentucky and Ohio counties declare weather emergencies (Dec. 23, 2004) , Cincinnati Enquirer: Now, time to dig out (Dec. 23, 2004)
Snow response in the Glasgow area: Glasgow Daily Times: Winter storm hits Kentucky (Dec. 23, 2004)
Motorists became stranded on part of the Edward T. Breathitt Pennyrile Parkway near Hopkinsville: (Hopkinsville) Kentucky New Era: Storm paralyzes region (Dec. 23, 2004)
Gov. Fletcher has declared a state of emergency in the following counties and cities: McLean, Hancock, Livingston, Hopkins, City of Providence, City of Owensboro, City of Falmouth, City of Butler, Todd, Daviess, Crittenden, Carlisle, Shelby, Muhlenberg, Pendleton, Bullitt and Grayson: WAVE 3: Governor Ernie Fletcher's Office Declares State of Emergency (Dec. 23, 2004)
I-64 in Indiana remains closed between Evansville and the Illinois state line. The National Guard has been rescuing stranded motorists along the interstate: Associated Press: Guardsmen Rescuing Travelers Stranded On Southern Indiana Highway (Dec. 23, 2004) , Associated Press: Stranded travelers recall cold night on snowbound highway (Dec. 23, 2004) , Associated Press: Snow Storm Snarls Much Of Southern, Central Indiana (Dec. 23, 2004) , Evansville Courier & Press: Indiana National Guardsmen rescue stranded motorists from Interstate 64 (Dec. 23, 2004)
Information regarding conditions on Kentucky’s highway can be obtained by calling 1-800-RDREPORT, by calling 511 from an in-state telephone, or by visiting ww.511.ky.gov .
Maps of roads that will be cleared by the state government can be found at: www.kytc.state.ky.us/maintenance/Snow_Ice.htm .
Winter Storm Blasts Kentucky’s Roadways
Posted: 23-Dec-2004 6:28PM CST
Topics: [Boone County] [Campbell County] [Gallatin County] [Henderson County] [Interstate 24] [Interstate 275] [Interstate 471] [Interstate 71] [Interstate 75] [Kenton County] [Commonwealth of Kentucky] [Kentucky Transportation Cabinet] [Lyon County] [Marshall County] [Edward T. Breathitt Pennyrile Parkway] [Travel Information]
The Henderson Gleaner reports that the 511 traffic information system fails to provide information about the hazardous conditions in the Henderson area: Henderson Gleaner: Road hotline fails this area (Dec. 23, 2004)
The interstates are open, but many secondary roads are impassible in Northern Kentucky: (Covington) Kentucky Post: Paralyzing storm shuts down travel (Dec. 23, 2004)
Road clearing was suspended overnight in parts of Western Kentucky due to blizzard like conditions, and four stopped tractor trailers blocked traffic on I-71 in Gallatin County: Associated Press: Parts of Kentucky at near standstill (Dec. 23, 2004)
A series of traffic accidents has caused long delays on I-24 in Western Kentucky. Motorists are asked not to call emergency services unless they are in immediate need of police, fire, or medical assistance: Associated Press: Wrecks tie up Interstate 24 (Dec. 23, 2004)
Forty members of the Kentucky National Guard were activated overnight and used military tow trucks and Humvees to rescue stranded motorists. Some cars stopped along I-24 due to accidents were caught in snow drifts: Courier-Journal: Storm limits transportation options (Dec. 23, 2004)
The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet posts regularly updated traffic advisories to www.511.ky.gov . You can also obtain Kentucky traffic information by calling 1-800-RDREPORT or by dialing 511 from any cell phone.
Details on Kentucky-Ohio Bridge Compact
Posted: 7-Dec-2004 1:03AM CST
Topics: [Brent Spence Bridge Replacement] [Interstate 71] [Interstate 75] [Kenton County] [The Ohio River]
The recently announced compact between Kentucky and Ohio specifies that Ohio will contribute 54.5 percent of the expected $18 million cost of a study to determine how to best replace the Brent Spence Bridge. Kentucky will contribute the remaining 45.5 percent.
Kentucky-Ohio Bridge Compact to Aid Brent Spence Bridge Replacement Efforts, Timeline Extended to 2010
Posted: 5-Dec-2004 8:13PM CST
Topics: [Brent Spence Bridge Replacement] [Interstate 71] [Interstate 75] [Kenton County] [The Ohio River]
A new cooperative agreement between Kentucky and Ohio is expected to help the process to replace the Brent Spence Bridge: Cincinnati Enquirer: Ky., Ohio have bridge compact (Dec. 1, 2004) , Covington Kentucky Post: Ohio to help bridge project (Dec. 1, 2004) , Cincinnati Enquirer: States unveil bridge deal (Dec. 3, 2004)
A timeline showing proposed dates for steps towards the replacement of the bridge has moved construction of the bridge to 2010. The original 2003 hope was to have a new bridge open to traffic by 2009: Cincinnati Post: Bridge timeline revised to 2010 (Dec. 3, 2004)
SAFE Program Draws Praise
Posted: 5-Dec-2004 8:09PM CST
Topics: [Franklin County] [Interstate 64] [Interstate 75] [Laurel County] [Shelby County] [Travel Information]
In October the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet began testing the Safety Assistance for Freeway Emergencies (SAFE) program in I-75 in Laurel County and I-64 in Franklin County and Shelby County. The SAFE program operates cargo vans over the highways and helps motorists with highway emergencies ranging from flat tires to running out of gas. When a SAFE driver aids a motorist, the motorist is given a comment card to return via mail; the comments so far have been overwhelmingly positive.
Covington 12th Street Redevelopment Plan Unveiled
Posted: 19-Oct-2004 11:58PM CDT
Consultants under the hire of the Covington City Commission have developed a blueprint for the redevelopment of 12th Street. The redevelopment is designed to compliment the planned widening of 12th Street from I-75 to Scott Boulevard. Construction on the widening project is expected to begin in 2007.
More information: (Covington) Kentucky Post: 12th Street to get new life (Oct. 17, 2004)
Revised Jessamine County Land Use Plans Includes I-75 Connector
Posted: 15-Oct-2004 3:54AM CDT
The Jessamine County-City of Wilmore Joint Planning Commission recently approved a revision to the comprehensive Jessamine County land use plan. The new plan includes a new connector route from Nicholasville to I-75. The route starts at the proposed Nicholasville eastern bypass and extends to the north-east towards Fayette County. The plan does not indicate that the route will be constructed; nor does it show the final alignment of any such route. It was included in the plan only to show that such a route may someday be constructed.
The route also removes plans for a proposed “shared-use trail” along an old railroad corridor between Wilmore and High Bridge. Local residents had feared such a trail would bring crime and trespassers.
Brent Spence Bridge Replacement Gets $721,000
Posted: 11-Sep-2004 7:12AM CDT
The U.S. Department of Transportation recently awarded a $721,000 grant to Kentucky to help fund a study to determine how best to replace the aging Brent Spence Bridge: Kentucky Post: Kentucky awarded grant for Brent Spence Bridge (Sept. 10, 2004)
Brent Spence Update
Posted: 6-Sep-2004 9:01PM CDT
A member of the congressional committee debating the next federal transportation plan has suggested that area officials only ask only for the money they need for the next six years of planning to replace the Brent Spence Bridge and not the entire amount of money needed to replace the structure that carries I-71 and I-75 over the Ohio River: Cincinnati Enquirer: Brent Spence, 'an invitation to disaster,' may get funds (Aug. 27, 2004)
Officials conducting the study of how to best replace the bridge have determined that the five current preliminary options are all worthy of additional study: Kentucky Post: Bridge plans offer smoother traffic flow (Sept. 3, 2004)
Jessamine County Officials Revive Plan for I-75 Connector
Posted: 20-Aug-2004 5:34AM CDT
Jessamine County officials have resurrected plans for a route to connect Nicholasville to I-75: Kentucky Herald-Leader: Jessamine planners revive I-75 connector (Aug. 8, 2004)
Brent Spence Bridge Notes
Posted: 20-Aug-2004 5:33AM CDT
Brent Spence Update
Posted: 12-Jul-2004 12:17AM CDT
U.S. Senator George Voinovich (R-Ohio) will escort U.S. Department of Transportation Assistant Secretary Emil Frankel and local officials on a tour of the Brent Spence Bridge this Monday: Cincinnati Post: Voinovich aids bridge project (July 10, 2004) , Cincinnati Post: Voinovich, U.S. official to tour Brent Spence (July 8, 2004)
David Jones, the new chief highway engineer at the Department of Highways District 6 office, says the Brent Spence Bridge project will not be ignored: Cincinnati Enquirer: New leader says Brent Spence won't be ignored (July 10, 2004)
Posted: 12-Jul-2004 12:12AM CDT
The Herald-Leader reports that Kentucky will see roadwork on its major interstates for years to come: Lexington Herald-Leader: Expect some delays (July 2, 2004)
The state currently plans on widening all of I-75 and I-65 and a large section of I-64 to more than four lanes. Work to widen I-75 is currently furthest along: 105 miles of I-75’s 192 miles in Kentucky are currently six lanes or wider.
Brent Spence Bridge Study to Begin Soon
Posted: 24-Jun-2004 1:31AM CDT
The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet will soon seek bids for a preliminary environmental study concerning the replacement of the Brent Spence Bridge: Cincinnati Enquirer: State to seek bridge study (June 10, 2004)
In other news, due to lack of funding, the Brent Spence Bridge replacement project was not included in the Cincinnati-area long range transportation plan: Cincinnati Enquirer: Long-range transit plan passes, minus 2 biggies (June 11, 2004)
I-75 Widening Project Delayed Due to Lack of State Budget
Posted: 24-Jun-2004 1:30AM CDT
The Cincinnati Enquirer reports that—along with other interstate widening projects—the I-75 widening project in Scott and Grant Counties has been delayed by the legislature’s failure to pass a budget: Cincinnati Enquirer: New lanes for I-75 on hold (June 10, 2004)
Brent Spence Update
Posted: 23-Jun-2004 8:01AM CDT
Martin T. Whitmer Jr., deputy chief of staff to U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary Norman Mineta, has acknowledged the need for a replacement of the Brent Spence Bridge; however, he reiterated President Bush’s commitment to holding the line on transportation spending: Cincinnati Enquirer: Need for new I-75 span acknowledged (June 6, 2004) , Cincinnati Post: Feds Backing Bridge Project (June 6, 2004)
Brent Spence Bridge Funding Engrossed in Budget Battle
Posted: 1-Jun-2004 6:51AM CDT
Senator Mitch McConnell (R-Louisville) says that funding for a study on how to replace or rehabilitate the Brent Spence Bridge is caught up in in-fighting over the federal transportation spending bill. The bill is currently in conference where conflicts between the House and Senate versions are resolved. In addition to resolving the differences between the bills, congress must also attempt to find a bill that pleases the president who has said he will veto any bill costing more than $256 billion.
Additionally, the governors of Kentucky and Ohio recently met. Both pledged support for the bridge replacement.
More information: Cincinnati Post: Governors promote region (May 27, 2004) , Kentucky Post: Leaders pledge to work together (May 27, 2004) , Cincinnati Enquirer: Bridge funding gets tangled (May 28, 2004) , Associated Press: Senator says funding for northern Kentucky bridge uncertain (May 28, 2004) , Kentucky Post: 'Family fight' hurting Brent Spence effort (May 28, 2004) , Associated Press: Covington bridge project slowed by rift over budget (May 29, 2004)
State to Memorialize 931 Victims of Traffic Collisions at Northern Kentucky Welcome Center
Posted: 27-May-2004 6:39PM CDT
A memorial to the 931 people who died in traffic accidents in Kentucky in 2003 will be displayed at the I-71/I-75 southbound welcome center in Boone County today: Cincinnati Enquirer: 931 who died on roads remembered (May 26, 2004)
The page linked above also mentions that the city of Covington is distributing a new map of the city.
Supporters of Brent Spence Bridge Replacement See Hope in D.C.
Posted: 24-May-2004 5:39PM CDT
Supporters of replacing the Brent Spence Bridge find comfort in the fact that senators from Kentucky and Ohio were appointed to a commission to resolve differences between the house and senate versions of a federal highway bill: Kentucky Post: Bridge on D.C. inside track (May 22, 2004) , Cincinnati Enquirer: Senators named highway conferees (May 22, 2004)
Posted: 18-May-2004 3:38AM CDT
Topics: [2004 Regular Session] [Brent Spence Bridge Replacement] [Campbell County] [Covered Bridges] [Interstate 65] [Interstate 71] [Interstate 75] [Jefferson County] [Kenton County] [Kentucky Transportation Cabinet] [KY 1120] [The Ohio River] [Oldham County] [Public Meetings] [US 23] [US 231] [US 42] [Warren County]
Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky leaders continue to lobby for the replacement of the Brent Spence Bridge: Kentucky Post: Bridge replacement touted as national priority (April 22, 2004) , Cincinnati Enquirer: Plea made for new I-75 bridge (April 23, 2004) , Cincinnati Enquirer: Bridge plan calls for $15M (April 29, 2004) , Cincinnati Enquirer: Voinovich wants $15M for bridge (April 30, 2004)
No state budget was passed, so there is no state road plan: Franklin Favorite: Area legislators predict state will have a budget (April 22, 2004) , Owensboro Messenger-Inquirer: No budget means no road plan (April 25, 2004)
Jim Reis recognizes the Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce for its work in securing money to replace the Shortway Bridge: Kentucky Post: A century of boosting business (April 26, 2004)
Meetings on I-71 widening in Jefferson County bring a variety of opinions: Courier-Journal: Meetings on I-71 plans draw strong opinions (April 28, 2004)
The Governor has signed a bill to expand the authority of the Buffalo Trace covered bridge authority: Maysville Ledger Independent: Denham sponsored bills signed by governor (April 28, 2004) Public meetings must now be held before the state does any work to the area’s covered bridges.
A project to widen US 231 in Indiana from the Natcher Bridge to I-64 has begun: Owensboro Messenger-Inquirer: Project to 4-lane U.S. 231 begins (April 29, 2004) The first five mile segment should be complete in 2 years.
P rospect residents are worried about an intersection on US 42: Oldham Era: Prospect residents seek help with U.S. 42 intersection (April 30, 2004)
The Transportation Cabinet held a public meeting to discuss a new I-65 connector in northern Warren County: Bowling Green Daily News: Road options for transpark shown (April 30, 2004)
The Transportation Cabinet was recognized by the US Fish and Wildlife Service for its work in protecting the Eggbert’s Sunflower: Kentucky Transportation Cabinet: Kentucky Transportation Cabinet Protects Endangered Eggert's Sunflower (May 3, 2004)
Repairs were made to I-65 near mile marker 30 to correct a drainage problem: Bowling Green Daily News: Dangerous I-65 spot seeing changes (May 6, 2004) , Bowling Green Daily News: Speedy repairs on interstate are appreciated (May 8, 2004)
The new US 23 over the Ohio River at South Shore is running “woefully behind:” Ashland Daily Independent: ODOT - Bridge project 'woefully behind' (May 13, 2004) The new U.S. Grant Bridge is scheduled to open in 2005.
Federal Highway Bill Delayed
Posted: 21-Apr-2004 5:04AM CDT
Topics: [Adair County] [Brent Spence Bridge Replacement] [Christian County] [Heartland Parkway] [Interstate 265] [Interstate 65] [Interstate 66] [Interstate 71] [Interstate 75] [Jefferson County] [Kenton County] [KY 55] [KY 555] [Louisville-Southern Indiana Ohio River Bridges Project] [Marion County] [The Ohio River] [Edward T. Breathitt Pennyrile Parkway] [Pulaski County] [Taylor County] [US 68] [Warren County] [Washington County]
The U.S. House of Representatives recently passed a transportation project authorization bill containing a number of Kentucky projects. Including:
The Louisville-Southern Indiana Bridges Project
The Senate has passed a similar bill. Differences between the two bills must now be reconciled and passed by both houses before going before the president for his approval or veto.
More information: Courier-Journal: Bill with bridges money held up (Apr. 1, 2004) , Business First of Louisville: House passes bill with funding for bridges project (Mar. 29, 2004) , Cincinnati Post: $7M for bridge a drop in bucket (Apr. 3, 2004) , Kentucky New Era: $8 million approved for parkway extension (Apr. 3, 2004) , Central Kentucky News-Journal: Parkway is closer to reality (Apr. 4, 2004)
The Cincinnati Enquirer reports that greater Cincinnati area projects are fairing poorly in the bill: Cincinnati Enquirer: Local roads kicked to the curb (Apr. 2, 2004)
KY 338-I-71/I-75 Interchange Reconstruction Ten Years Away
Posted: 29-Mar-2004 12:16AM CST
The proposed 2004 Six Year Transportation plan includes money to fund the design work to rebuild the interchange between I-71/I-75 and Richwood Road in Boone County; however, construction on such a project probably would not begin for ten years.
More information: (Northern) Kentucky Post: Relief is in sight (March 22, 2004)
Bridge Projects: Louisville vs. Cincinnati
Posted: 29-Mar-2004 12:15AM CST
Topics: [Brent Spence Bridge Replacement] [Interstate 71] [Interstate 75] [Jefferson County] [Kenton County] [Louisville-Southern Indiana Ohio River Bridges Project] [The Ohio River]
The Cincinnati Enquirer compares progress towards building two new bridges at Louisville to the project to replace the Brent Spence Bridge: Cincinnati Enquirer: Bridge plan lags Louisville's (March 20, 2004)
The Louisville plan has already cleared environmental approval—a major hurdle—and will be constructed before work starts in Northern Kentucky.
Possible Alternatives Eliminated from Brent Spence Bridge Study
Posted: 18-Mar-2004 8:41AM CST
The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet has eliminated a couple of alternatives from the Brent Spence Bridge replacement study. A plan to build a bridge for I-75 far to the west of downtown near the Anderson Ferry will not be studied, and a plan to build a bridge to the west of the current bridge along with a large new interchange west of downtown Cincinnati will not be studied. The latter was one of the six alternatives presented in January.
The changes were announced during a meeting of local transportation officials on Wednesday. At the same meeting, engineers presented data on why a tunnel was not a feasible alternative.
More information: Cincinnati Enquirer: Two bridge options dropped (March 11, 2004) , Cincinnati Post: New bridge options trimmed to 5 (March 11, 2004) , (Northern) Kentucky Post: Brent Spence options narrowed to five (March 11, 2004) , (Northern) Kentucky Post Corrections: Truck ban cost (March 11, 2004)
Covington Not Enforcing I-71/I-75 Truck Lane Restrictions
Posted: 11-Mar-2004 2:07AM CST
Signs posted along I-71/I-75 in northern Kenton County advice truckers to use only the right two lanes; however, an article in the Cincinnati Enquirer reveals that the Covington Police Department has chosen not to enforce this restriction: Cincinnati Enquirer: Trucks defy traffic signs on interstate (March 6, 2004)
Brent Spence Bridge Replacement Backers Find Promise in Two-Year Extension to Federal Highway Plan; Ban on Trucks Considered
Posted: 11-Mar-2004 2:06AM CST
Backers for a proposed project to replace the Brent Spence Bridge see promise in a proposed two-year extension of the federal six-year highway plan. In order to avoid long deliberations over a new six-year plan, the Congress may opt to extend the current six-year plan for two years. Lobbyists for the Brent Spence Bridge project would use the extra two years to build support for including funding for the bridge replacement in the next plan.
Additionally, a ban on trucks crossing the bridge has been considered; however, such a ban would not serve as a permanent solution as it would only cause further congestion on other bridges and highways in the area.
More information: Cincinnati Enquirer: Bill delay may aid Brent Spence (March 5, 2004) , Cincinnati Enquirer: Truck ban seen as no panacea (March 10, 2004) , (Northern) Kentucky Post: Bridge study: Don't ban trucks (March 10, 2004)
Bunning Reaffirms Position on Louisville and Northern Kentucky Bridges; Democratic Challenger Holds Bridge Meeting
Posted: 29-Feb-2004 9:41AM CST
Topics: [Brent Spence Bridge Replacement] [Interstate 265] [Interstate 65] [Interstate 71] [Interstate 75] [Jefferson County] [Kenton County] [Louisville-Southern Indiana Ohio River Bridges Project]
U.S. Senator Jim Bunning said he may have misspoke when he said that one of the two proposed Ohio River bridges at Louisville would need to be delayed during a conference call on Thursday. He said that work on the two Louisville bridges should not be delayed. Additionally, he said that he hopes plans for the replacement of Northern Kentucky's Brent Spence Bridge are included in the federal six year highway plan.
State Sen. Daniel Mongiardo, a Hazard democrat who hopes to unseat Sen. Bunning, held a meeting to discuss the Brent Spence Bridge replacement project on Thursday. Mongiardo said that he wanted to "get a local feel for what the public's understanding is of the problem of the bridge."
More information: Kentucky Post: Mongiardo to hold bridge discussion (Feb. 26, 2004) , Cincinnati Enquirer: Bunning clarifies stance on bridges (Feb. 27, 2004) , Kentucky Post: Mongiardo: Replace the bridge (Feb. 27, 2004) , Kentucky Post: Bunning behind two spans in Louisville (Feb. 27, 2004)
Possible Funding Source for Brent Spence Bridge Replacement Found
Posted: 26-Feb-2004 11:49PM CST
Officials with Greater Cincinnati’s main transportation planning committee say they may have found a possible source for funding to pay for rehabilitating or replacing the Brent Spence Bridge. The house version of a six-year transportation spending bill currently under consideration in the U.S. Congress includes a $20.2 billion fund for “projects of regional or national importance.” The group hopes that the Brent Spence Bridge would be considered one of these projects. The bridge was recently identified as one of the top twenty four highway bottlenecks nationwide, and forms a vital link on I-75—the nation’s second busiest north-south interstate.
“I didn’t say that all.” Bunning Denies Saying Louisville Bridge Project Should be Delayed
Posted: 24-Feb-2004 10:36AM CST
Topics: [Brent Spence Bridge Replacement] [Interstate 265] [Interstate 65] [Interstate 71] [Interstate 75] [Jefferson County] [Kenton County] [Louisville-Southern Indiana Ohio River Bridges Project] [The Ohio River]
According to an Associated Press story, U.S. Senator Jim Bunning told a Louisville civic group that one of Louisville’s new interstate bridges over the Ohio River will need to be delayed. The Associated Press reports that Sen. Bunning later told a WHAS-TV reporter, “I think it's very important that you get a bridge ... and make sure you decide where you are going to put the first one. And then, you are going to have to wait a year or two or three because we have to divert some money up into northern Kentucky to get that because ours is falling down.”
This shocked Louisville leaders. The two bridges have already been approved by the Federal Highway Administration as a single project, and the proposed state budget has allocated $118 million to continue design work for the bridges. Bunning said that the Louisville will get one bridge and then money will be used to replace the Brent Spence Bridge carrying I-71/I-75 over the Ohio River in Northern Kentucky. Bunning is from Northern Kentucky.
On Saturday, Bunning told a report from Louisville’s Courier-Journal that he never said the second bridge would be delayed and refused to give further comment.
Steve Higdon, president of Greater Louisville Inc, said that he believes Bunning was unaware that the two bridges had been approved as a single project and that as soon Bunning was made aware of this fact it would “put the entire issue to rest.”
Four Kentucky Road Sites Ranked in Top 223 Highway Bottleknecks
Posted: 24-Feb-2004 10:35AM CST
Topics: [Brent Spence Bridge Replacement] [Interstate 264] [Interstate 275] [Interstate 64] [Interstate 65] [Interstate 71] [Interstate 75] [Jefferson County] [Kenton County]
Four locations across Kentucky have been identified as major highway bottlenecks by the National Highway Users Alliance.
The Brent Spence Bridge is ranked as the 24th bottleneck nationwide.
One of the interchanges between I-264 and I-64 in Jefferson County is ranked 119. These roads actually meet twice, but the report does not seem to specify which interchange this is.
The interchange between I-71/I-75 and I-275 in Kenton County ranks 150.
The I-64, I-65, and I-71 “Spaghetti Junction” interchange in Jefferson County ranked 163.
The rankings are based on a study of the amount of time drivers spend delayed at these points.
U.S. Congress Nears Passage of Transportation Bill
Posted: 21-Feb-2004 9:41PM CST
U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell said on Friday that he believes the U.S. Congress will pass a six-year transportation bill within the next few weeks; however, he has no idea if funding will be included for a replacement for the Brent Spence Bridge. He says that Kentucky’s junior senator, Jim Bunning, has taken the lead on securing funding for the bridge replacement project.
More information: Cincinnati Enquirer: McConnell: Transit bill near (Feb. 21, 2004)
No Projects Cut from Six Year Road Plan, but Some Are Delayed
Posted: 20-Feb-2004 7:35AM CST
Topics: Topic listing supressed. [38 topics related to this item]
Transportation Cabinet Secretary Bailey told state legislators on Wednesday that no projects were cut from this year's version of the Six Year Highway plan; however, some projects have delayed due to the states budget problems.
The list of projects is too long to list here; however, some notable projects are listed below.
A notable absence from the list is funding for replacing the I-71/I-75 Brent Spence Bridge over the Ohio River; however, the project remains on the unscheduled needs list and officials claim that it is still a priority. Construction on the project is still over a decade away.
This year the transportation cabinet has split the list into projects that will receive federal funding and projects that will not receive federal funding. Projects that will be funded only by the state are expected to be delayed and will be prioritized by need.Update (Feb. 29, 2004): More information about projects in particular areas can be found here.
Brent Spence Bridge is Nation's 24th Worst Highway Bottleneck
Posted: 20-Feb-2004 7:34AM CST
A nationwide study found that the Brent Spence Bridge is the nation's 24th worst highway bottleneck: Bridge big bottleneck (Feb. 19, 2004)
Florence Leaders Seek to Unite City
Posted: 13-Feb-2004 9:43AM CST
The city of Florence grew up on the eastern edge of I-71/I-75; however, as it grow it expanded to the west of the interstate. Today, it is a city divided by the interstate: there are no pedestrian crossings over the interstate in Florence. City leaders hope to gain $264,195 in federal-aid transportation funds for the construction of sidewalk along KY 18.s interstate crossing. The grant would come from the Federal-Aid Transportation Enhancement Program which is administered by the state; that state would also have to provide matching funds along with such a grant.
More information: Cincinnati Enquirer: Florence trying to unite two sides (Feb. 12, 2004)
One Option for Brent Spence Bridge Replacement Would Open Land in Downtown Cincinnati for Development
Posted: 13-Feb-2004 9:41AM CST
One of the six options for replacing the Brent Spence Bridge would free land in downtown Cincinnati that is currently covered by the I-75/I-71 interchange for development. This land would be situated adjacent to the city.s new sporting venues.
Why There Won't Be A Big Dig in Cincinnati
Posted: 8-Feb-2004 11:28PM CST
Columnist Dave Hofmeister of the Cincinnati Enquirer looks at why a tunnel is not among the options for replacing the Brent Spence Bridge (too expensive) and why rerouting I-71 onto I-471 wouldn't serve as a long term solution (it's already overcrowded): Cincinnati Enquirer: Cincinnati Enquirer (Feb. 7, 2004)
Brent Spence Inadequacies Blamed in Fatal Accident
Posted: 7-Feb-2004 8:57AM CST
Police say the Brent Spence Bridge's lack of breakdown lanes contributed to the death of a motorist.
More information: Cincinnati Enquirer: Bridge's faults help take a life (Feb. 4, 2004)
Northern Kentucky Group Lobbying for Inclusion of Brent Spence Bridge Replacement in Federal Transportation Plan
Posted: 4-Feb-2004 4:25AM CST
A group lobbying on behalf of Northern Kentucky leaders is in Washington working to have money to replace the Brent Spence Bridge included in a federal transportation bill.
Brent Spence Bridge Replacement May Require Electric Substation to Move
Posted: 3-Feb-2004 1:50AM CST
Among the many things that will be impacted by the final design for a Brent Spence Bridge replacement is a Cinergy electric substation just west of the current bridge on the Cincinnati side. It would cost $300 million to move the substation.
More information: Cincinnati Post: Bridge routes have $300M question mark (Feb. 2, 2004)
Former Governor Louie B. Nunn Dies
Posted: 30-Jan-2004 10:05PM CST
Topics: [Audubon Parkway] [Louie B. Nunn Cumberland Parkway] [Daniel Boone Parkway/Hal Rogers Parkway] [Interstate 65] [Interstate 71] [Interstate 75] [Interstates] [Commonwealth of Kentucky] [William H. Natcher Parkway] [Parkways]
Former Governor Louie B. Nunn (1924-2004) died of heart failure yesterday, Thursday, January 29, 2004. He was 79. Gov. Nunn is remembered, among other things, for his contribution to the state's highway system. He proposed building roads connecting the state from east-to-west; during his term as governor from 1967-1971 more toll road bonds were issued to pay for highway construction than during the previous two administrations.
During his term of office, I-65, I-71, and I-75 were completed; a total of 585 miles of interstate highways were opened; and the Audubon Parkway and Daniel Boone Parkways were approved for construction. Additionally, planning work for the Cumberland Parkway and Green River Parkway (now Natcher Parkway) began.
More information: Courier-Journal: Former governor, force in GOP, dies (Jan. 30, 2004) , Associated Press: Highlights of Nunn's Term (Jan. 30, 2004) , Associated Press: Former Gov. Louie B. Nunn dead at 79 (Jan. 30, 2004) , Associated Press: GOP pioneer Nunn dead (Jan. 30, 2004) , Kentucky Post: Nunn legacy remembered here (Jan. 30, 2004)
Preliminary Alternatives for Brent Spence Bridge Replacement Announced
Posted: 30-Jan-2004 10:05PM CST
The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet has released a set of six preliminary corridors to examine during the study on how to best replace or rehabilitate the Brent Spence Bridge over the Ohio River in Northern Kentucky. All options include the construction of at least one new bridge and many would separate I-71 traffic from I-75 traffic.
Completion of the bridge project and other Northern Kentucky projects could be delayed due to state budge problems. Federal aid is key to completing the bridge project.
More information: Cincinnati Enquirer: Plans show options for Brent Spence (Jan. 30, 2004) , Cincinnati Enquirer: Brent Spence Bridge replacement (Jan. 30, 2004) , Cincinnati Enquirer: Brent Spence replacement may force firms to close (Jan. 30, 2004) , Cincinnati Post: Bridge project options studied (Jan. 30, 2004) , Kentucky Post: Area road work hinges on feds (Jan. 30, 2004)
Jan. 31 update: More information: Cincinnati Enquirer: Bridge backers race clock (Jan. 31, 2004) , Cincinnati Enquirer: Borgman cartoon - Political cartoonist proposes his own options for replacing the Brent Spence Bridge
Federal Funding Announced for Northern Kentucky Road Projects
Posted: 29-Jan-2004 6:19PM CST
Topics: [AA Highway] [Brent Spence Bridge Replacement] [Campbell County] [Interstate 275] [Interstate 71] [Interstate 75] [Kenton County] [KY 9] [The Ohio River] [US 27]
The 2004 federal omnibus spending bill which was approved by the senate last week includes $2 million to continue funding for a study on how to replace the aging I-71/I-75 Brent Spence Bridge across the Ohio River and $1.5 million for a connector route between the AA Highway and I-275.
President Bush must still sign the bill.
New ARTIMIS Signs To Be Installed in Northern Kentucky
Posted: 29-Jan-2004 5:08PM CST
Topics: [Boone County] [Interstate 275] [Interstate 71] [Interstate 75] [KY 237] [Travel Information]
Over the next few months the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet will extend the Advanced Regional Traffic Interactive Management & Information System—Greater Cincinnati.s intelligent traffic system—with the installation of three additional signs in Boone County. Two signs will be installed on I-71/I-75—one for the southbound lanes and one for the northbound lanes—and one is already in place on eastbound I-275 near the KY 237 exit.
More information: Cincinnati Enquirer: More road alerts on the way (Jan. 26, 2004)
Greater Cincinnati Promotes Need for New Bridge
Posted: 16-Jan-2004 8:13AM CST
Cincinnati area leaders are attempting to promote the benefits of building a new bridge across the Ohio River to replace the aging Brent Spence Bridge. A replacement is expected to cost $750 million; however, local leaders feel the benefits of such a bridge would far out way the costs.
More information: Kentucky Post: Worth $750 million? (Jan. 15, 2004)
Rogers Announces Federal Transportation Funding for Kentucky
Posted: 6-Jan-2004 6:47AM CST
Topics: [Daniel Boone Parkway/Hal Rogers Parkway] [Interstate 66] [Interstate 75] [Commonwealth of Kentucky] [Leslie County] [Pike County] [Pulaski County] [Rockcastle County]
U.S. Representative Hal Rogers announced in December that a significant amount of transportation funding had been secured for Kentucky. Projects include $20 million for Kentucky's Appalachian Regional Corridor highways, $1.5 million for I-75 widening in Rockcastle County, $1 million for reconstruction of 7 miles of the Hal Rogers Parkway, and $8.5 million for I-66 in Pike County and Pulaski County.
"Coalition for a New Bridge" Formed to Lobby for Brent Spence Bridge Replacement
Posted: 15-Nov-2003 6:09PM CST
A coalition, co-chaired by the senior vice-president of Toyota North America, has been formed to lobby for money needed to study and construct a replacement for the aging Brent Spence Bridge over the Ohio River. When the bridge opened in 1963, it was designed to carry 80,000 vehicles per day. Today it carries 149,000 vehicles per day.
More information: Kentucky Post: Coalition to lobby for a new bridge (Nov. 14, 2003)
Update 17-Nov-2003: More information: Associated Press: Group urges replacing I-75 bridge (Nov. 16, 2003)
First Stage of KY 52 Reconstruction Project Opens
Posted: 3-Nov-2003 2:34AM CST
A ribbon cutting was held Tuesday to mark the completion of the first stage of a project to reconstruct KY 52 between Lancaster and I-75. The project is planned to be completed in four stages.
New Barnes Pike/I-75 Interchange Opens Near Williamstown
Posted: 3-Nov-2003 2:30AM CST
A new interchange at Barnes Pike near Williamstown in Grant County was officially opened during a ribbon cutting ceremony on Oct. 7.
Northern Kentucky Leaders Seek to Replace I-71/I-75 Brent Spence Bridge
Posted: 1-Oct-2003 2:12AM CDT
Leaders seek to replace the aging Brent Spence Bridge over the Ohio River. The eight-lane bridge which was built in 1963 and last remodeled in 1985, is one of 15 bridges nationwide described by the FHWA as functionally obsolete. A study is currently underway to determine how to best replace the bridge.
More information: Associated Press: N. Kentuckians seek new bridge to Cincinnati (Sept. 23, 2003) , Cincinnati.com: Special Report: Collision Course (Sept. 22, 2003) (an analysis of the Brent Spence Bridge and proposals to replace it)
I-66 and Other Southern Kentucky Projects in Committee Version of House Transportation Appropriations Bill; I-66 Public Meeting Held in Somerset
Posted: 29-Jul-2003 4:39AM CDT
Topics: [Daniel Boone Parkway/Hal Rogers Parkway] [Interstate 66] [Interstate 75] [KY 80] [Laurel County] [Leslie County] [Pike County] [Pulaski County] [Rockcastle County] [US 27]
A public meeting for I-66 planning in Pulaski and Laurel Counties brought out several anti-I-66 groups. The Transportation Cabinet is conducting a study to determine the route for I-66 between London and Somerset. This will replace the two-lane KY 80, the current major east-west corridor in the region.
Meanwhile, U.S. Congressman Hal Rogers has used his position on the transportation appropriations subcommittee to have money for Southern Kentucky road projects included a draft version of the Fiscal Year 2004 Transportation Appropriations Committee. The money includes $4.5 million for continuing work on designing I-66 in Pulaski and Laurel Counties, $2 million for I-66 in Pike County, $2 million to improve US 27 north of Somerset, $1.5 million for widening I-75 in Rockcastle County, and $1 million to fund the reconstruction of the Hal Rogers Parkway between mileposts 33 and 47 in Leslie County.
More Federal Money Could be Allocated to Study Brent Spence Bridge Replacement
Posted: 27-Jul-2003 1:22AM CDT
The House Appropriations Committee approved a transportation spending bill that allocated $2.5 million to study replacing the I-71/I-75 Brent Spent Bridge over the Ohio River. The bill must still be passed by the full house, the Senate, and signed by the President before becoming law.
In February, the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet launched a $2 million study to determine how to best replace the aging bridge.
More information: Kentucky Post: Bridge may get $2.5M more (July 26, 2003)
Over Two-hundred Photographs Added
Posted: 25-Jul-2003 11:36AM CDT
Topics: Topic listing supressed. [71 topics related to this item]
Two-hundred-and-sixty-two photographs of Kentucky's roads have been added to this website. The new photo galleries include:
Northern Kentucky Outer Loop (I-74) Conceptual Feasibility Final Draft Released
Posted: 25-Jul-2003 7:29AM CDT
Topics: [AA Highway] [Boone County] [Bracken County] [Campbell County] [Carroll County] [Fleming County] [Franklin County] [Gallatin County] [Grant County] [Harrison County] [Henry County] [Interstate 74] [Interstate 75] [Kenton County] [KY 9] [Lewis County] [Mason County] [The Ohio River] [Owen County] [Pendleton County] [Robertson County] [Trimble County] [US 127] [US 27]
The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet has released the final report for the conceptual feasibility study for the Northern Kentucky Outer Loop, and the finding is that such an outer loop is not feasible.
The proposed route would connect with I-74 in Indiana, pass into Kentucky at the Markland Dam in Gallatin County, travel east-west across Kentucky, cross the Ohio River into Ohio at the William H. Harsha bridge near Maysville, and connect with a proposed extension of I-74 in Ohio. A two-year long study of this route found that the entire route would not be financially feasible in Kentucky; however, the study found that several segments of the route would have an independent of utility. The study divided the route into six sections and assigned them the following priorities:
The study found that construction of a proposed highway (Indiana State Road 101) from I-74 in Indiana to the Markland Dam would improve the usability of the Indiana to I-71 segment of the Outer Loop.
The release of the report does not guarantee that anything will be built. Construction is dependent on future funding.
Kentucky Post's Jim Reis Looks At the History of the Bridges over the Ohio River in Northern Kentucky
Posted: 18-Jul-2003 6:21PM CDT
Topics: [Brent Spence Bridge Replacement] [Campbell County] [Interstate 471] [Interstate 71] [Interstate 75] [Kenton County] [The Ohio River] [US 127] [US 27]
The Kentucky Post recently posted two columns from Jim Reis looking at the history of the bridges over the Ohio River in Northern Kentucky:
I-66 Somerset to London Segment Cleared for Accelerated Environmental Review
Posted: 18-Jul-2003 6:30AM CDT
The Somerset-London segment of I-66 will receive an accelerated environment review from the United States Department of Transportation. This step moves the project years closer to construction.
The London Sentinel-Echo reported that this move angered I-66 protest groups.
Jessamine County Gains More Influence on Regional Transportation Panel; Wants to Study I-75 Connector
Posted: 18-Jul-2003 5:36AM CDT
The Lexington Herald-Leader reported in this January 28, 2003 article that a proposed reorganization of Central Kentucky's only regional transportation-planning organization would give Jessamine County more influence over the panel. Jessamine County joined the organization in 1998 in the hoops of researching a connector route between Nicholasville and Interstate 75.
Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky Leaders Seek Federal Aid for Brent Spence Bridge Replacement
Posted: 18-Jul-2003 5:24AM CDT
The Cincinnati Enquirer reported in this January 16, 2003 article that leaders from the Cincinnati area planned to seek quick federal assistance in replacing the Brent Spence Bridge over the Ohio River. The bridge is route of I-71 and I-75 over the Ohio River from Kentucky into Ohio.
Site Feature: I-75 Clay's Ferry Bridge Photos
Posted: 16-Jul-2003 9:29AM CDT
Topics: [Fayette County] [Interstate 75] [KY 2328] [Madison County] [Site Features] [US 25] [US 421]
When the first part of this bridge opened in 1946 it was the 7th tallest bridge in the United States. Today it is still an engineering wonder; two parallel bridges were joined together by a third bridge to form one continuous roadway. On July 5, 2003, I took these pictures of the I-75's crossing of the Kentucky River: the Clay's Ferry Bridge.
Federal Budget includes Money for Kentucky Road Projects
Posted: 3-Mar-2003 10:37PM CST
Topics: [Edmonson County] [Fayette County] [Interstate 265] [Interstate 65] [Interstate 66] [Interstate 75] [Jefferson County] [KY 101] [Lincoln County] [Louisville-Southern Indiana Ohio River Bridges Project] [Pulaski County] [Rockcastle County] [Warren County]
The federal budget for 2002 includes money for several road projects in Kentucky. These projects include:
More information: Daily News: Region lands more than $13 million in funds (Feb. 15, 2003) , Courier-Journal: Budget funds projects in area (Feb. 15, 2003) , Herald-Leader: Kentucky projects in federal budget bill (Feb. 15, 2003)
Future of I-71/I-75 Bridge over Ohio River in Question
Posted: 31-Dec-2002 8:02AM CST
The Brent Spence Bridge which carries I-71 and I-75 over the Ohio River is projected to only have about 15 more years of useful life. The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet is beginning a 30 month study to determine how to extend the life of the bridge or how to best replace it.
Scoping Study: US 150 to I-75 Connector Route
Posted: 30-Dec-2002 5:20AM CST
The KYTC Division of Planning has posted information concerning a scoping study to determine a route for a connector route between US 150 and I-75 in Lincoln and Rockcastle Counties.
Upcoming Public Meetings: US 51, US 460, US 421, US 119, I-75
Posted: 7-Sep-2002 12:48AM CDT
Topics: [Boone County] [Carlisle County] [Fayette County] [Hickman County] [Interstate 75] [Letcher County] [Local Routes] [Madison County] [Morgan County] [Public Meetings] [US 119] [US 421] [US 460] [US 51]
The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet has announced the following upcoming public meetings:
KYTC Closes Some Rest Areas; Opens Others
Posted: 6-Sep-2002 10:15PM CDT
Topics: [Hart County] [Interstate 64] [Interstate 65] [Interstate 75] [Commonwealth of Kentucky] [Madison County] [Bert T. Combs Mountain Parkway] [Ohio County] [Powell County] [Shelby County] [Warren County] [Wendell H. Ford Western Kentucky Parkway]
The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet will be closing several rest areas and opening a few new ones over the next few years. Two rest areas on I-64 in Shelby County, three rest areas on I-65 in Warren County and Hart County, and two rest areas on I-75 in Madison County will soon be or have already been closed; however, Kentucky is planning to build two new rest areas on I-65 in Hart County, and a one large rest area to serve both northbound and southbound traffic will be built on I-75 in Madison County. The new Madison County rest area will have parking for 400 cars, 100 trucks, and 13 oversized vehicles.
The article also briefly mentions the rest area on the Mountain Parkway and the service area on the Western Kentucky Parkway.
Cincinnati Area Planners Focus on I-75
Posted: 31-Jan-2002 10:18PM CST
According to this article , planners in the Cincinnati area are studying possible improvements to the I-75 corridor. I-75 is considered to be the most heavily traveled truck route in North America.
Transportation Spending Bill Passes Both Houses of Congress
Posted: 8-Dec-2001 4:52AM CST
Topics: Topic listing supressed. [35 topics related to this item]
The conference version of the Transportation spending bill has passed both houses of Congress and is now waiting to be signed by the President.
Kentucky is mentioned several places in the bill:
Quite an impressive haul; however, there is no funding for I-175.
Another I-275 Ramp Closing
Posted: 12-Sep-2001 1:44AM CDT
The Cincinnati Enquirer reports in this Sept. 11, 2001 article that another ramp at the I-275/I-75/I-71 interchange will be temporarily closed for repaving.
Kenton County Sheriff to Patrol I-71/I-75 in Northern Kentucky
Posted: 7-Sep-2001 3:06PM CDT
The Cincinnati Enquirer reports in this Sept. 7, 2001 article that the Kenton County Sheriff will be aiding Fort Mitchell Police in patrolling I-71/I-75. Construction on the northbound lanes has slowed the response time of Fort Mitchell police; the extra help is expected to help the response time.
Work at I-75 and I-275 Interchange to Close Ramp
Posted: 16-Aug-2001 6:10AM CDT
The Cincinnati Enquirer reports in this August 15, 2001 article that work on the I-75/I-71 and I-275 interchange will cause the temporary closing of a ramp.
I-71/I-75 Bridge Replacement Study May Start Early
Posted: 1-Aug-2001 9:57PM CDT
The Cincinnati Enquirer reports in this July 27, 2001 article that the U.S. Senate may approve a bill authorizing $2 million to begin a study on replacing Brent Spence Bridge over the Ohio River in 2002. The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet had been planning to start the study in 2006.
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