Kentucky county considers rush hour ban on bridge truck traffic

| Tuesday, September 18, 2007

A group of mayors in Kentucky is currently deciding whether to support a proposal that would ban trucks from using the Brent Spence Bridge during rush hour.

According to the Cincinnati Post, the Kenton County Mayors Group is considering backing the proposal, which comes from Covington, KY, Mayor Butch Callery.

The twin span bridge brings Interstates 75 and 71 across the Ohio River between Cincinnati and Covington.

Statistics from the U.S. Department of Transportation rank the bridge as the seventh-worst in the nation for accidents. The bridge currently carries more than twice the traffic it was originally designed to handle, including 34,000 trucks a day.

A study is currently under way to come up with a plan to replace the bridge, but that may not happen until 2020. In the meantime, Callery is suggesting the ban on rush hour trucks to supposedly help ease wear and tear on the bridge.

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