1:24pm

Sun May 6, 2012
The Commonwealth

Brent Spence Traffic Alternatives Discussed

When Neil Gilreath drives streets in Northern Kentucky and Greater Cincinnati, he sees things differently than a typical motorist. That’s because as a Covington police sergeant before his 2006 retirement, he headed the police traffic unit more than eight years. That group works to tame traffic in the Interstate 71/75 Cut in the Hill and on the overburdened Brent Spence Bridge. The Brent Spence Bridge conveys about 150,000 vehicles a day over the Ohio River, while the I-471 Daniel Carter Beard Bridge, also known as the Big Mac Bridge, carries more than 100,000 daily according to the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet. Gilreath’s ideas, along with other alternatives such as using Newport and Covington streets or an improved Ky. 9, are among the ideas to alleviate traffic issues.