Vote now and often: Brent Spence Bridge repairs up for national public transportation award

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By Tom Latek
Kentucky today

The emergency project to quickly repair and reopen the Brent Spence Bridge following a truck crash and fire last fall has been selected as one of the country’s 12 best transportation projects in competition for a national transport grand prize and a public prize.

Kentuckians, Ohioans and regional travelers are encouraged to vote daily to honor those behind the project who restored the nationally significant Ohio River crossing in record time.

Brent Spence Bridge after a fire accident. (KyToday archive photo)

The American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials, or AASHTO, revealed the finalists on Friday. This means that the Brent Spence Bridge project is now up for further national accolades under the America’s Transportation Awards program, jointly sponsored by the AASHTO, AAA and the United States Chamber of Commerce.

The Brent Spence Bridge Project and 11 other state projects across the United States are now competing for a national grand prize, the winner being selected by a panel of judges, and an audience award, which is decided by the grand public during an online vote. .

“Online voting gives every Kentuckian the opportunity to express pride in a critically important project that was completed on budget and ahead of schedule under exceptionally difficult circumstances “said Governor Andy Beshear.

The Brent Spence Bridge, which carries Highways 71 and 75 across the Ohio River between Covington and Cincinnati, was abruptly closed early on November 11, 2020, after two semi-trailers collided and burned on the bottom of the two bridge bridges. Forty-one days later, on December 22, just in time for the Christmas trip, the bridge was reopened.

“It is an honor that the Brent Spence Bridge repair project is recognized for its excellence in a prestigious national competition,” said Kentucky Secretary of Transportation Jim Gray. “This is a great credit to our highly innovative engineers and a multitude of partners, who have all worked day and night to restore one of the most important river crossings in the eastern United States. We encourage all of our citizens in Kentucky to go to the website and vote every day. “

The 12 finalist projects emerged from four regional competitions. Voting, which is now underway, continues until 11:59 p.m. EDT on October 25. Participants can vote on any number of projects, once per day, at https://americastransportationawards.org/. Winners will be announced at the AASHTO Annual Meeting, October 26-29, in San Diego.

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