Why Build It?
More than 160,000 motor vehicles cross the bridge daily, though its original design was meant to accommodate 80,000 vehicles per day. Due to this increased traffic flow, motorists are three to five times more likely to have a wreck along this corridor than on any other portion of the interstate systems in Ohio or Kentucky. Traffic congestion results in an average of 3.6 million hours of delay for passenger cars every year.
The National Bridge Inventory lists the bridge as "functionally obsolete" due to concerns with capacity, sight distance and safety. These concerns have led the replacement project to be considered a top priority by the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC), the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT), the Ohio-Kentucky-Indiana Regional Council of Governments (OKI), the Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce, the Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber of Commerce and the cities of Covington, Kentucky and Cincinnati, Ohio.
A new Brent Spence Bridge will double the number of lanes on the bridge, improving accessibility for everyone who uses it no matter the destination. Specific lanes in both directions will be dedicated to local and through traffic, which will simplify both local commutes and long-distance travel.