Kentucky Transportation Cabinet Construction Lead
Cory Wilson doesn’t mind breaking a sweat or getting his hands dirty. On most weekends, you’ll find Wilson in his garage tinkering with tractors and cars, working on projects in the yard, or just watching sports.
But during the workweek, it’s a different story. That’s when Wilson plans the details for the construction of the Brent Spence Bridge Corridor project, one of the largest infrastructure projects in the country.
Originally from Butler, Kentucky, Wilson has worked for the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) since graduating from the University of Kentucky in 2009. During his first nine years, he worked in various roles with KYTC District 7, including transportation engineer supervisor. He has worked in the Covington office for District 6 for the last six years and plans to spend his entire career with the Cabinet
“The Brent Spence Bridge Corridor is a once-in-a-career project that will impact a lot of people in a really positive way, moving people and freight into and out of the area in a more efficient way,” said Wilson, KYTC’s construction lead on the project. “It’s a real honor to be part of it.”
Wilson has been working with the team on pre-design and pre-construction tasks, onboarding all the players, and getting the project’s many ducks in a row as the team moves toward the design phase.
This is Wilson’s third time working on the Brent Spence Bridge, so he knows it well. The first time was for the emergency repair in 2020, and then for the painting process in 2021. In fact, you just might recognize him from that project – Wilson was regularly featured in video updates on the progress of repairs. With that background and knowledge, he can easily dispel rumors that persist to this day. One example: structurally, the Brent Spence Bridge is in great shape, he says; it just lacks the capacity to efficiently carry traffic today.
“Some people have this misperception that we’re going to replace the bridge, and that’s obviously not true either,” he said, referring to the planned construction of the companion bridge to just to the west of the existing bridge.
Married for 11 years, Cory Wilson and his wife have three daughters, ages 6, 3, and 1, a trio that keep things lively at home.
Wilson dreams one day of crossing the Ohio River with his family, pointing to the Brent Spence Bridge and its brand-new companion bridge, and sharing stories with his girls about how he played a part in its construction.
“It will be really cool years from now when I can point it out to my kids,” Wilson said.