Potential Players In Bridges Project Invited To Forum

by Rick Howlett on January 6, 2011

The Louisville and Southern Indiana Bridges Authority has scheduled two days in February for an “industry innovation forum” on the Ohio River Bridges Project.

The governors of Kentucky and Indiana requested the event, which will bring together interested
parties from the design, construction, finance and other industries.

Officials say it’s aimed at finding the most modern and cost-effective means of completing the project, which includes two new Ohio River bridges and a reconfigured Spaghetti Junction.

This week, the two governors and Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer also suggested ways to trim $500 million from the project’s cost, estimated at $4.1 billion.

Gary Valentine with the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet says the modifictions could also reduce construction time, but not the project’s scope.

“Two bridges, one project and rebuilding Spaghetti Junction. We’re looking at design adjustments, it does not redefine the project,” he told the authority at its meeting Thursday at Indiana University Southeast.

The forum will be held February 16 and 17 at the Kentucky International Convention Center.

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R. Donhoff January 6, 2011 at 2:41 pm

When significant savings are being considered, I would be interested to hear why an option to delete the tunnel access to the East bridge is not considered. At a time when tax payer dollars are extremely tight, to tunnel at great expence is totally irresponsible. Save those dollars! Retain the six lanes. This seems to be a direction that allows for the most flexibility in the future.

John Baker January 6, 2011 at 3:26 pm

On with the biggest boondoggle in our bio-regions history.

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