While the Brent Spence Bridge is not in immediate danger of falling into the Ohio River, big chunks of span are dropping into the river and onto cars. The 52-year-old structure is not safe to drive across and creates a traffic chokepoint that causes daily traffic jams and delays. Because the bridge’s emergency lanes were removed years ago to accommodate increased traffic, you — or your loved ones — have nowhere to go in the event of car troubles or an accident on the bridge.
Instead, cars and trucks are forced to speed by within inches of any disabled vehicle. When two tractor-trailers are traveling in adjacent lanes on the bridge, the space between these massive vehicles is less than one yard. The narrowing and abrupt merging of multiple interstates and the bridge’s directional signage that is hidden from view until motorists are upon it creates a dangerous situation, particularly for out-of-town drivers who are unfamiliar with the bridge. There is no doubt that we need to Build Our New Bridge Now!
“Delay will mean more dangerous incidents and a greater risk that the next accident or piece of concrete that falls will lead to a tragedy. The report is not political rhetoric. It is a scientific statement that our safety is more and more at risk. The report shows the matter is no longer an engineering or planning decision. The deteriorating safety of the 225,000 people who cross the bridge every day is squarely a political decision.”— Mark Policinski, CEO of the Ohio-Kentucky-Indiana Regional Council of Governments (OKI),
discussing expert report comparing the collapsed Minneapolis bridge to the condition of the Brent Spence Bridge