December 5, 2020

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U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao announced Friday that $12 million for emergency repairs to the Brent Spence Bridge has been made available.

Brent Spence Bridge on I-75 closed after fire, crash

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Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky residents have been told by Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear to prepare for the Ohio River crossing to be closed into December.

The I-71/75 interstate bridge was shut down after a tractor-trailer carrying potassium hydroxide collided with a jackknifed semi on the bridge in a crash. The second truck caught fire early Wednesday.

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Chao said the release of emergency relief funds will come from the Federal Highway Administration. The money will help to start repairs on the fire-damaged bridge, according to the release.

“These funds will help the safe and timely repair of the Brent Spence Bridge, which is such an important transportation link between Kentucky and Ohio and one of the busiest freight corridors in our nation,” she said.



a truck is parked on the side of a building: Debris and damage on the lower deck of the Brent Spence Bridge. A truck carrying potassium hydroxide crashed into a jackknifed truck early Wednesday, sparking an intense fire.


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Debris and damage on the lower deck of the Brent Spence Bridge. A truck carrying potassium hydroxide crashed into a jackknifed truck early Wednesday, sparking an intense fire.

The bridge, built-in 1963, is a vital transportation link for the nation. More than 165,000 vehicles typically cross the bridge each day, according to the release.

This article originally appeared on Cincinnati Enquirer: Brent Spence Bridge: U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao announces $12M in emergency money

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