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Opened: Nov. 25, 1963, with dedication ceremonies delayed due to the assassination and funeral of President John F. Kennedy.
Original capacity: 80,000 vehicles daily.
Original cost: $10 million.
Length: 1,736 feet.
Lanes: Four each way.
Current traffic loads: approximately 140,000 vehicles daily.
Estimated loads in 2030: 180,000 daily.
Named for: Newport native Brent Spence (1874-1967), congressman for 32 years.

I-75 is the second busiest Interstate Highway in the United States, and since 1970 I-71 has been routed over the bridge as well. But the heavy traffic seen each day on the bridge is largely a result of the runaway suburban sprawl that I-71/75 and the bridge enabled in Northern Kentucky. After the expressway opened, access to the hilly countryside just south of downtown Cincinnati was greatly improved, and the area was soon overrun by the typical formula of subdivisions, shopping centers, apartment complexes, office parks, and light industry. Despite the bad traffic reputation, I-71/75 and the Brent Spence Bridge ironically form one of the most dramatic approaches to any city in the country. The panoramic hillside approach and descent to the bridge shows off the downtown skyline and surrounding hills at their most impressive angle. And after the 15 miles of seemingly endless strip malls and fast food chains of Northern Kentucky, drivers are suddenly surrounded by the densely built cities of Covington and Cincinnati, with row house neighborhoods and old European-style churches to either side of the expressway.