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Monday, March 1, 2021

Lane, Ramp Closures Will Begin Tonight on Brent Spence Bridge

Brent Spence Bridge, FTM file. 

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The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) today announced that a routine maintenance project to clean and paint the Brent Spence Bridge is on schedule to begin Monday, March 1, weather permitting. 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.

Anticipated traffic impacts for Monday, March 1, weather permitting:

Beginning at 8 p.m., the two westernmost lanes (the two left lanes as you are heading northbound) on I-71/75 northbound across the Brent Spence Bridge will be CLOSED. The lane closures will begin on I-71/75 northbound just north of the Fifth St. exit ramp in Kentucky and extend to the I-71/75 split in Ohio.
This travel pattern will remain in place throughout Phase 1 of the maintenance project. The two easternmost lanes (the two right lanes as you are heading northbound) will remain open.

In addition, at approximately 8 p.m., the on-ramp to I-71/75 northbound from Fourth St. in Covington will be CLOSED and will remain closed throughout the duration of the maintenance project.
Additional lane and ramp closures will be put into place gradually and will be announced throughout the week. The Phase 1 traffic pattern is expected to be in place by the end of the week.

Crews will begin setting up containment and other equipment that will support the first phase of work on the bridge. As work is completed, the traffic pattern on the bridge will be shifted. In addition to cleaning and painting, crews will complete other routine maintenance tasks, including drainage work, signage repairs, and replacing interstate emblems on the roadway surface.

Drivers are encouraged to plan their drive, and when possible, use alternate routes to get around the bridge.

Project status and related traffic information will be provided on the project website – – as well as project social media channels, including Facebook and Twitter. In addition, drivers can consult various travel advisory services, including WAZE and OHGO, and should pay particular attention to the digital signage around the region, which monitors traffic information and provides travel times to various destinations.

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