Preferred bridge plan chosen for I-75


COVINGTON, Ky. (AP) -- Transportation planners have chosen a preferred plan for replacing the bridge that carries Interstate 75 over the Ohio River.

The new span will replace the aging Brent Spence Bridge, which carries traffic between Covington, Ky., and Cincinnati. The project is expected to cost $2.4 billion.

The Kentucky Enquirer ( ) reported late Tuesday that the Ohio Kentucky Indiana Regional Council of Governments wants a plan that limits impact on riverfront businesses and homes and is about $200 million less expensive that other alternatives.

Planners are still considering three plans for the new bridge, which will be built just west of the one it will replace. The project is still at least three years away from the beginning of construction.

The bridge is 48 years old. The double-deck span is functionally obsolete, overcrowded and deemed unsafe.


Information from: The Kentucky Enquirer,