the coming weeks six design alternatives for the Brent
replacement will be narrowed to three. From there
Ohio and Kentucky's respective Departments of Transportation will decide
on the final bridge design.
The new bridge will eventually cost
somewhere between $2-3 billion and relieve traffic from the existing
congested and unsafe river crossing. The OKI Regional Council of Governments
some $400 billion worth of commodities travel across the bridge every
year presently, with an estimated $815 billion crossing annually by
As the project moves forward in the coming weeks and
months, some project members are concerned about the lack of public
engagement thus far given the large scope of the project and the
long-standing impact the bridge's design will leave on the community.
bridge will leave a major impact on the region for decades to come,"
said Miguel Rosales, President, Rosales+Partners
. "I am glad the city leaders and
residents will help guide the selection of the final bridge design in
the months to come."
To date, the cable-stayed bridge designs
have been the most popular in online voting along with an arched bridge
design similar in appearance to the Daniel
Carter Beard "Big Mac" Bridge
that carries I-471 traffic across the
Ohio River on downtown Cincinnati's eastern edge.
"This is the
number one priority for our region because the Brent Spence Bridge is a
safety hazard and a major choke point for two interstates," said Brian
Cunningham, OKI spokesperson, in a previous interview with Soapbox
Once engineering and environmental studies are completed,
the construction and development of the new bridge will take several
years and create the largest double-deck bridge in the world, and one of
the highest capacity bridges anywhere. The new bridge will carry six
driving lanes on each of the two levels of the bridge for I-75 and I-71
traffic over the Ohio River.
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