ODOT and KYTC are fully committed to robust public involvement to gain insights and receive feedback as part of the project development process.
The project team has engaged in thorough public involvement since the inception of the Brent Spence Bridge Corridor project and has worked closely with local partners to incorporate changes to the project that have already substantially reduced the impact to local municipalities while investing in underserved populations on both sides of the river.
Multiple stakeholder committees have been formed to support the public engagement process. Stakeholders serve a critical role, bringing valuable input from their constituents to the project team and serving as advocates for the project in their communities.
To date, three committees have been established: the Project Advisory Committee, the Aesthetics Committee, and the Diversity & Inclusion Committee.
The Brent Spence Bridge Corridor project is led by ODOT and KYTC with input from a group of stakeholders through a Project Advisory Committee. The committee was formed early in the project development process to better align the project with regional and community needs. Members include representatives from government agencies, community groups, and local businesses.
The role of the committee is to review various components of the project and offer feedback to ensure that the views of the community are addressed as the project is developed and implemented. Committee members act as liaisons between their respective organizations and communities and the project team. The committee also assists with distributing information provided by the project team.
The Project Advisory Committee was formed in 2005 during the development and selection of the Preferred Alternative. Their work continued in 2015 when toll-related studies were under consideration, and their work continues now as the project awaits a final funding package for construction.
Below is a listing of Project Advisory Committee members:
Boone County Engineer
Boone County Fiscal Court
Campbell County Fiscal Court
Cincinnati Park Board
City of Cincinnati
City of Cincinnati Community and Economic Development
City of Cincinnati Department of Transportation & Engineering
City of Covington, City Manager
City of Covington, Economic Development Director
City of Covington, Mayor
City of Fort Mitchell, Kentucky
City of Fort Wright, Kentucky
City of Park Hills, Kentucky
Governor’s Southwest Ohio Regional Liaison
Hamilton County Commissioners
Hamilton County Engineer
Hamilton County Regional Planning Commission
Kenton County Engineer
Kenton County Fiscal Court
Ohio-Kentucky-Indiana Regional Council of Governments (OKI)
Planning and Development Services of Kenton County
Southwest Ohio Regional Transit Authority (SORTA)
Transit Authority of Northern Kentucky (TANK)
Center for Great Neighborhoods
Cincinnati Business Committee
Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber
Citizens for Civic Renewal
Lewisburg Neighborhood Association
Port of Greater Cincinnati Development Authority
West End Community Council
Castellini Management Co.
Cincinnati Bulk Terminals, LLC
Cincinnati Museum Center
Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport (CVG)
Duke Energy, OH-KY
Government Strategies Group
National Underground Railroad Freedom Center
Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce
Northern Kentucky Tri-Ed
A sub-group of the Project Advisory Committee was formed to provide input on the design and aesthetic appearance of the new companion bridge and related roadway corridor. The role of the Aesthetics Committee is to evaluate aesthetic treatments throughout the corridor, including structure type and corridor theme. Aesthetics meetings are taking place on both sides of the river. Committee members will provide guidance on design goals and support innovation in design and construction of the new bridge.
Below is a listing of Aesthetics Committee members:
Alliance for Regional Transit
American Institute of Architects – Cincinnati Chapter
American Institute of Architects Students – University of Cincinnati
American Society of Civil Engineers Students – University of Cincinnati
Cincinnati Historical Society Library and Archives
Cincinnati Railroad Club
Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber of Commerce
City of Cincinnati
City of Cincinnati – Park Planning
City of Covington
Hamilton County Regional Planning Commission
Kenton County Historical Society
Kentucky Transportation Cabinet
Michael Schuster Associates
Northern Kentucky Area Planning Commission
Northern Kentucky University
Northern Kentucky Urban & Community Forestry Council
Rouse & Associates
The Ohio River Way, Inc.
University of Cincinnati
University of Kentucky Department of Engineering
Vivian Llambi and Associates
The Brent Spence Bridge Corridor project represents historic federal investment in our region with guidelines and requirements for DBE participation and workforce development. The Diversity & Inclusion Committee will support the project team in ensuring that intentional and deliberate workforce opportunities are created throughout the course of the project.
D&I Committee members will help ODOT and KYTC deliver strong involvement from community partners through planned events and activities. The committee also will help brainstorm ideas for outreach and engagement, ultimately creating opportunities for employment and participation in the final project.
The inaugural committee meeting was held in early November 2022 with follow-up meetings expected to be held quarterly in 2023.
Below is a listing of current Diversity & Inclusion Committee members:
100E Local 18 Operating Engineers
Allied Construction Industries (ACI)
Brighton Center Workforce Development
City of Cincinnati, Mayor Aftab Pureval’s Office
City of Dayton
Federal Highway Administration (Ohio Division)
HMB Professional Engineers
Iron Workers – Local Union #44 of Cincinnati
Japan Society of Kentucky
Kentucky Transportation Cabinet District 6
Kentucky Transportation Cabinet Office of Civil Rights & Small Business Development
Louisville Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
Northern Kentucky Community Action Commission
Northern Kentucky NAACP (Brach #3105)
Ohio Department of Transportation – Division of Opportunity, Diversity, and Inclusion
Ohio-Kentucky-Indiana Regional Council of Governments
Ohio Laborers Apprenticeship
Ohio Means Jobs – Hamilton County
Ohio Senator Rob Portman’s Office
Plasterers & Cement Masons Local 132
Teamsters Local 100
U. S. Department of Labor, Wage & Hour Division (Cincinnati)
U. S. Department of Labor, Wage & Hour Division (Northern Kentucky)
WTS International (Southwest Chapter)