18. Contingency Travel Planning

I will begin by wishing all of my fellow veterans a happy Veterans Day.

The Covid-19 pandemic is an example of an emergency that gives warning prior to its arrival. The tropical storm currently threatening Florida is another such example. We can take some steps to address such events.

At three o‘clock this morning two semis collided on the lower deck of the Brent Spence Bridge, which carries I-71 and I-75 over the Ohio River. Hundreds of gallons of fuel spilled and caught fire, closing the bridge in both directions. Is is expected to remain closed for days or longer.

I wonder how many commuters who use this route daily planned for the loss of the bridge? Can some work from home? Is the Anderson Ferry running, or must everyone local use the few remaining bridges? Most truckers will be using the I-275 bypass until the bridge reopens.

Do you need to take a route that would be difficult to bypass? Think about it!

Submitted by Michael Schulsinger, N8QHV