Detours Around the Brent Spence Bridge, Still Closed After Crash and Fire

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click to enlarge Use these routes around the Brent Spence - Photo: KYTC District 6
Photo: KYTC District 6
Use these routes around the Brent Spence

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet has released some reminders regarding detours round the Brent Spence Bridge as it remains closed following last week's semi-truck crash and fire.


Around 2:45 a.m. on the morning of Nov. 11, a semi-truck jackknifed on the lower deck of the Brent Spence Bridge before colliding with a truck carrying caustic potassium hydroxide. The crash — and trucks' diesel fuel — ignited a fire that burned for about two hours. No injuries were reported, but the heat from the fire (and the crash) damaged the structure resulting in the bridge's closure for an indeterminate amount of time.

Over the weekend, crews were able to evaluate the damage to the structure.


Last week, Kenton County Judge-Executive Kris A. Knochelmann declared a regional state of emergency in the area around the Brent Spence.

The executive order allows and orders Kenton County agencies to cooperate with the Office of Homeland Security Emergency Management and the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet, as well as waives "procedures and formalities" to allow the "appropriation and expenditure of public funds" for the equipment and workers needed to repair the bridge.

Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear said during a press briefing that the public should expect the bridge to be closed for at least several days, but to "be prepared for significantly more disruption than that." 

You can follow Brent Spence updates at transportation.ky.gov.

The Covington Police Department also closed the nearby Roebling Suspension Bridge after continued weight limit violations by drivers seeking an alternate route around the Brent Spence.

The Roebling has since been reopened to non-truck traffic.

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