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For commercial trucks traveling the same distance on I-75 waste more than $47 a day, according to the delay analysis. Each day, 30,000 trucks carry more than $1 billion in freight across the bridge. A study released in December by the trucking industry found that the Brent Spence Bridge is the fourth most congested bridge in the United States.
The Brent Spence Bridge was designed for an average volume of 80,000 vehicles a day and now carries more than 172,000 vehicles across the bridge each day. That number is expected to exceed 200,000 in 10 years.
In its analysis, OKI found that the delay caused by the Brent Spence Bridge is just a little over a half an hour. The analysis found that the actual cost associated with a passenger vehicle delay is $8.98 a day and commercial vehicle delay is $47.36 a day.
OKI is a council of local governments, business organizations, and community groups that has final authority over all federal dollars spent on transportation projects in the Greater Cincinnati region. Below is a break down of the OKI delay analysis for the Brent Spence Bridge:
Daily backups on the bridge contribute to gridlock, lost productivity, and dangerous, time-consuming commutes. Building a new bridge now will not only save lives, it will save money.