Amanda Van Benschoten, Kentucky Enquirer

Patrick Reddy / Kentucky Enquirer

n inspection is under way this week on the I-275 Carroll C. Cropper Bridge between Kentucky and Indiana to determine whether the span has any structural problems caused by outdated steel. At issue is a type of 1960s-era steel known as T-1 steel. The material was linked to a crack discovered in a load-bearing beam of Louisville's I-64 Sherman Minton Bridge, which closed on Sept. 9. As a result, the Federal Highway Administration urged states to do special inspections of all bridges that contain T-1 steel components.

For more than a decade, community leaders have been trying to make the case that replacing the aging Brent Spence Bridge is critically important for the entire nation, not just Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky.
They’ll get that chance next week, when President Barack Obama visits the bridge to tout the importance of it and other infrastructure projects.

A key Northern Kentucky transportation artery will get a major safety fix and a much-needed facelift, thanks to a federal transportation grant awarded Wednesday. Interstate 471 will be rehabilitated and repaved. The rehabilitation of I-471 will benefit tens of thousands of drivers. The 30-year-old interstate connects U.S. 27 in Highland Heights to I-71 in Cincinnati. I-471 is just 5.75 miles long, but average daily traffic is roughly 90,000 vehicles.

The Kentucky Speedway offered tickets to future NASCAR races to thousands of fans who missed Saturday’s Sprint Cup Series race because of massive traffic jams that ensnared them for hours outside the racetrack. The ticket offer came Monday as a top Kentucky state lawmaker called for legislative hearings and Gov. Steve Beshear said he’ll assemble a team to explore the cause of hours-long gridlock that tarnished what should have been a triumphant day for both the track and the state.