Salon: The Brent Spence Bridge Project Reimagined

  • January 12, 2022
  • 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM
  • Zoom

Organization: AIA Cincinnati

Program Overview

With the passage and signing into law of the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, prospects for the Brent Spence Bridge project moving forward have greatly increased. The Brent Spence is a key connector of two states and is a major component in the I-75 corridor. The project is expected to have significant impacts on adjacent communities and neighborhoods in Covington and Cincinnati. A conceptual plan for the project has been adopted, but detailed design work has not yet started.

This salon will explore effects of the Brent Spence Bridge project on local communities in Cincinnati and Kentucky, including traffic, the extent of demolition and clearance of existing neighborhoods and buildings along with other anticipated outcomes.

Learning Objectives

Describe the new structural design of the rehabilitated and expanded Brent Spence Bridge, including the strategies for increasing the traffic capacity of the bridge while safely and efficiently managing the large volume of vehicular traffic.

Explain the design team’s efforts to engage stakeholders including the railroads and energy company with assets adjacent to the BSB, and residents of neighboring communities whose lives are impacted daily by the bridge.

Understand the concerns of stakeholders on both sides of the river whose lives are impacted daily by the bridge as well as alternative ideas for the proposed design which are being suggested by the community.

Discuss the ways the bridge will become a symbol for the City of Cincinnati, due to its uniqueness in a city of bridges.

Moderator & Panelists


Aaron Kingsley, AIA with GBBN


Brian Boland, CNU Midwest

Adam Graden, M+A Architects and AIA Northern Kentucky

Xinhao Wang, DAAP

Maria Walker, AIA with Hub and Weber

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