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November 12, 2020
WHEREAS, on November 11, 2020, a collision involving a truck carrying potassium hydroxide and an unknown amount of diesel fuel occurred at approximately 2:45 a.m. on the northbound deck of the Brent Spence Bridge, which carried traffic across the Ohio River on Interstates 71 and 75; and
WHEREAS, the collision caused a fire that lasted approximately two hours and which appears to have caused damage to the southbound deck of the Brent Spence Bridge; and
WHEREAS, emergency personnel were ordered off of the Brent Spence Bridge until the structural integrity of the Bridge could be confirmed for the safety of personnel; and
WHEREAS, the Brent Spence Bridge is a vital link across the Ohio River waterway, carrying daily traffic of both Interstates 71 and 75 between Kentucky and Ohio; and
WHEREAS, the damage to the Brent Spence Bridge has rendered the bridge temporarily unusable and dangerous to the traveling public; and
WHEREAS, this collision has created a significant disruption of the vital services within this regional area, to include medical, educational, utilities and basic human needs; and
WHEREAS, this collision has adversely impacted the movement of goods and commodities within interstate commerce, and
WHEREAS, the duration of this disruption will continue into the foreseeable future until the damaged portion of the Brent Spence Bridge is replaced and/or repaired.
NOW, THEREFORE, I, Kris Knochelmann, Judge Executive of Kenton County, by the authority vested in me by KRS 39A.100(2) do hereby declare that a regional state of emergency exists in the areas impacted by the Brent Spence Bridge collision, and in order to adequately respond to the emergency situation herby ORDER, and DIRECT the following:
This Executive Order shall be in effect immediately and shall remain in effect until rescinded.
This order is effective November 12, 2020.
EXECUTIVE ORDER 20-98 Emergency Declaration Brent Spence Bridge