The Brent Spence Bridge Corridor Project is taking another step forward after Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear recently announced a new agreement with Kenton County that will ensure progress and cut costs.
Beshear said the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet will contribute $15 million toward the construction of a new underground parking garage serving the Kenton County Government Center.
The project will support the current parking area that will be absorbed into the right-of-way of the Brent Spence Bridge Corridor Project.
"The new structure will create an area for future economic development opportunities," Gov. Beshear said in a press release.
"In Kentucky, we get the job done, and today we made progress on the Brent Spence Bridge Corridor Project," Beshear said. "By relocating the Kenton County parking garage, we are freeing up an area needed for this crucial project and saving millions of dollars in the process because of less construction costs. This is a win-win for this community and all of Northern Kentucky."
The garage will replace parking spots beneath a blocks-long bridge on the elevated I-71/75 in Covington. Employees of the Kenton County Government Center currently have about 160 parking spots beneath the interstate bridge between West Pike Street and Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard.
The current parking lot will be used for the $3.6 billion Brent Spence Bridge Corridor Project, which includes construction of a companion bridge to share the traffic load.
Beshear said the parking lot project will cut costs by not having to replace the entire elevated bridge that covers the current parking lot but instead build smaller, individual bridges over West Pike and MLK Boulevard, filling in the ground between so that the reconstructed section of highway would rest on a berm.
Source: WLWT5 News