COVINGTON — Plans for a $2.3 billion new bridge over the Ohio River between Northern Kentucky and southern Ohio are expected to be made public in the coming year.
Mark Policinski, executive director of the Ohio-Kentucky-Indiana Regional Council of Governments, said 2011 is "absolutely critical" for the new Brent Spence Bridge, which connects Covington and Cincinnati.
The Kentucky Enquirer reports the plans are expected to disclose how the interstates leading to the bridge on both sides of the Ohio River will be reconfigured, where new entrance and exit ramps will be built, and which homes and businesses might be displaced by one of the biggest public works projects in the region's history.
It will be about 10 years before the new span is open to travel.
"Next year is an absolutely critical year for Brent Spence," Policinski said. "But these things don't get built overnight."
The time line that puts the bridge opening in 2022 assumes no major financing or design delays.