Police shut down second Ohio/Kentucky bridge because too many truck drivers ignored the weight limit

Police say that too many truckers tried to cross an historic suspension bridge on Wednesday, so they’ve opted to close it to all traffic until further notice.

Around 3 a.m. on Wednesday, November 11, a two truck crash involving hazmat sparked a massive fire on the Brent Spence Bridge that carries I-71 and I-75 and connects the cities of Cincinnati, Ohio, and Covington, Kentucky, over the Ohio River. Officials closed the bridge until further notice until inspectors can determine that the bridge is safe.

With the Brent Spence Bridge closed, many truckers opted for the Roebling Suspension Bridge, which also connects Cincinnati to Covington.

The Roebling Suspension Bridge, which was built in 1867, has an 11 ton weight limit, which police from both Cincinnati and Covington say that a large number of truck drivers chose to ignore on Wednesday.

By Wednesday night, the number of trucks attempting to use the bridge prompted police to shut down the structure entirely.

The Covington Police Department said, “EFFECTIVE IMMEDIATELY: ROEBLING SUSPENSION BRIDGE IS CLOSED. Due to numerous and continued violations of the bridge’s weight limits, the suspension bridge is closed until further. This is to ensure the safety of commuters and the integrity of the bridge. Sorry for the inconvenience.”

The Cincinnati Police Department also issued a call for commercial vehicle traffic to find alternate routes due to the bridge closures.