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Improvements to Brent Spence Bridge: N-bound lanes to return to four-lane travel this coming week

Routine maintenance is taking place on the Brent Spence Bridge, where I-71 and I-75 cross the Ohio River is anything but “routine” for the thousands of drivers using the bridge daily.

Since June 23, there have been lane closures and traffic impacts on the bridge and on the routes used to get around the bridge.

Major impacts to traffic were expected for approximately 60 days. Overnight lane closures following the major traffic impacts will last another three months. Travelers should plan their drives in advance and know their lane if planning to travel over the bridge.

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) is managing this project, which is part of an ongoing program to maintain and improve the condition of the regional transportation network.


On Friday, southbound travel was reduced to one lane on the bridge, weather permitting. All four southbound lanes will be reopened by 5 a.m. Monday, August 21.

All current ramp closures, including I-71/US 50 to I-71/75 South (via Fort Washington Way), remain in place until 5 a.m. Friday morning, August 25.

Northbound traffic will continue to travel in the two eastern-most lanes across the bridge.

Next week, crews will restore northbound lanes back to a four-lane travel configuration, however, specific timing has yet to be determined.

More information will be shared as it becomes available.


In Ohio:
• I-71 / US 50 ramp to I-71/75 South (via Ft. Washington Way)

• 3rd Street ramp in Cincinnati to I-71/75 South

In Kentucky:
• 4th Street ramp in Covington to I-71/75 North

• I-71/75 South to Erlanger/KY 236 Exits 184 & 184B are closed; 184A is accessible from I-275 east and westbound


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