The Brent Spence Bridge Corridor (BSBC) project is designed to improve approximately 8 miles of Interstates 71 and 75 through Kentucky and Ohio, including the addition of a new companion bridge to the existing Brent Spence Bridge to reduce congestion, improve traffic flow and safety, and maintain key regional and national transportation corridors.
Widening and reconstructing approximately five miles of I-71/75 from the Dixie Highway interchange to the Ohio River will help ease congestion, improve safety, and separate interstate through traffic from local traffic on the approach to the Brent Spence and new companion bridge over the Ohio River. This new traffic pattern near the entrance to the bridge will help prevent weaving on the highway for drivers to get in the appropriate lane to continue north.
In addition, a new collector-distributor system – a local roadway network which helps traffic move more efficiently between the local roads and the interstates – will be built from 12th Street North and between Dixie Highway and Kyles Lane. This system streamlines the number of access points on and off the highway, which helps improve traffic flow and reduce high-speed crashes on the interstate.
Additionally, the project calls for the separation of stormwater runoff from the interstate roadway within the Willow Run combined sanitary system to reduce flooding. Working with local communities, the project team has also included enhanced pedestrian and bicycle facilities in Covington near the existing and new bridges. Aesthetic enhancements, such as decorative treatments on bridges and walls and new lighting offers improved visibility and potential gateways for communities along the corridor.
The project will bring the community together with improved pedestrian and bicycle connections across I-71/75. Improvements to pedestrian and bike access are part of the plans, including new shared-use paths along local roadways and in Goebel Park. Overall, the plan will result in improved connections to local destinations on both sides of the Ohio River.
In addition, heavy rains currently cause flooding to occur in Goebel Park and local residents’ homes in the Euclid Avenue area due to highway stormwater runoff flowing into the combined sewer system. KYTC is working with the City of Covington along with Sanitation District No. 1 of Northern Kentucky to ensure highway stormwater runoff will be separated from the combined sewer system as part of this project to reduce overflow events and flooding.
The project will be built in three phases. Beginning with the north end of the project, Phases I and II take place in Ohio. Phase III in blue is scheduled to begin in 2023 and will include the improvements in Kentucky and Ohio.
Key elements of the project plan in Kentucky include: