LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- After two months of 24-hour lane closures on the Brent Spence Bridge, maintenance work was completed on the northbound lanes early Friday morning. 

The access ramp from 4th Street in Covington to northbound I-71/75 also reopened. 

That's according to a news release from the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet. 

All travel lanes on the southbound (upper) deck of the bridge reopened earlier in the week, along with several ramps in Ohio and Kentucky that provide access to the bridge and support travel in the area. 

The bridge carries traffic on I-75 between Cincinnati and Covington, Kentucky. 

Bob Yeager, the chief district engineer for KYTC in Covington, says the project was part of a regularly-scheduled maintenance program that supports safe and ongoing use of the bridge.

Yeager says the bridge was designed to support 80,000 to 100,000 vehicles per day but currently carries twice as much. However, he says it remains structurally sound. 

Although full-time lane closures are over, temporary overnight closures will resume in November for ongoing maintenance work.

This phase of the project entails making routine repairs to the concrete columns of the bridge, making minor steel repairs, upgrading the lighting system on the bridge and other minor items. When work resumes, single lane closures should start around 9 p.m., with double lane closures possible at midnight.

All travel lanes will be reopened by 5 a.m. The routine maintenance project will continue through mid-November.

For more information on lane closures, click here.


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