Congratulations to the Brent Spence Bridge Repair team for receiving the award for American Public Works Association‘s Public Works Project of the Year – Disaster/Emergency Construction Repair <$5 million for 2021. Connecting Covington, KY and Cincinnati, OH, the Brent Spence Bridge suffered significant damage after a two-semi collision occurred in November 2020. The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (DBE) enlisted Lochner’s construction engineering and inspection (CEI) services through our on-call contract to assist with traffic control, on-site engineering, and construction inspection management.
Lochner’s team responded quickly to the emergency needs, finding and committing a structural engineer and four inspectors over a weekend. In partnership with KYTC and project team members, Lochner’s staff worked around the clock to oversee replacement of structural support beams, reconstruction of concrete on the upper and lower decks, and repair of the bridge’s electrical and drainage systems. With diligent efforts, the bridge was reopened in less than six weeks, ahead of schedule, and in time for the holidays, restoring connectivity and mobility for the traveling public along this critical corridor.