Covington KY: 11th Street bridge may be closed, torn down
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Hearing to discuss future of 11th Street, 15th Street bridges
Photo: 15th Street Bridge has been closed
to vehicular traffic for some time

The City of Covington and Kentucky Transportation Cabinet officials will be holding a meeting to discuss the future of the 11th and 15th Street Bridges over the CSX railroad tracks.

The hearing will be held on Wednesday, August 31st.

These two bridges are in need of removal or replacement due to the structural conditions and track clearance above the CSX Railroad, reports the City of Covington.

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet has completed a "data needs analysis" of both the 11th Street and the 15th Street bridge replacement projects.

Possible replacement alternatives and their impacts will be presented and discussed at Wednesday's meeting.

A block south of the 11th Street Bridge is the new Martin Luther King Parkway span going eastbound. The older 12th Bridge, which is currently being upgraded, will serve westbound traffic once the parkway is open.

The 15th Street Bridge has been closed for years to cars and trucks and seemingly has not disrupted vehicular traffic flow in the area.

One could speculate given the closeness of the 11th Street Bridge to the double spans on the new parkway -- just a block away -- that neither the city nor state would want to bare the expense of a replacement and it would be fair to speculate that 11th Street will eventually dead-end on both sides of the tracks.

Wednesday's meeting will start at 6 p.m. at Center for Great Neighborhoods, 1605 Russell Street.

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