Bridges Project Clears Federal Hurdle

by Gabe Bullard on April 20, 2012

The start of construction on the $2.6 billion Ohio River Bridges Project is inching closer.

The federal government has approved the latest environmental impact statement for the project. The study was ordered after the mayor of Louisville and the governors of Kentucky and Indiana proposed shrinking the project to save $1.6 billion.

The governors also agreed to split responsibilities for the project between the states. Indiana will build a bridge in eastern Jefferson County. Kentucky will build a downtown bridge and reconfigure Spaghetti Junction.

Just a few things need to happen for the now $2.6 billion bridges project to move forward. First is federal approval of the record of decision. Third District Congressman John Yarmuth expects that to come this summer.

The next is the awarding of a bid for a firm to design and build the bridges. In Kentucky, three firms will be asked to bid soon, and a winner is likely to be chosen in the fall.

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Fischer Rallies In Support of Road Budget, Though Passage Is Likely

by Gabe Bullard April 19, 2012

Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer is rallying in Frankfort this afternoon to urge state lawmakers to pass a transportation budget. However, the General Assembly made a deal yesterday to pass the legislation. The rally will center around the Ohio River Bridges Project, which is partially funded in the state spending plan. “We are very close,” says […]

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Lack of Transportation Budget Delays Action on Bridges Project

by Gabe Bullard April 16, 2012

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet says the General Assembly’s inaction on a transportation budget has put the Ohio River Bridges Project on hold. The commonwealth is in charge of the downtown portion of the project, which includes a new bridge between Louisville and southern Indiana and a reworking of Spaghetti Junction. This week, the state Transportation […]

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Five Firms Vying for Downtown Bridge Contract

by Gabe Bullard April 3, 2012

Five companies are vying to build the downtown portion of the Ohio River Bridges Project. Kentucky is in charge of appointing a firm to build a new bridge between downtown Louisville and southern Indiana. The company will also rework Spaghetti Junction. The deadline for applications was this week, and transportation cabinet officials will spend the […]

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Agreement Calls For Divided Funding, Oversight of Bridges Project

by Erica Peterson December 29, 2011

Kentucky and Indiana have agreed on a funding plan for the Ohio River Bridges Project. The plan splits the funding—and oversight of the project—down the middle. Under the plan, Kentucky will be responsible for the new I-65 bridge and improvements to the Kennedy Bridge and Spaghetti Junction, as well as Indiana’s approach to I-65. Indiana […]

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Officials Expect Traffic Backup on Bridges on Thanksgiving

by Gabe Bullard November 22, 2011

The Indiana Department of Transportation is expecting significant traffic problems on the Kennedy Bridge due to Thanksgiving-related travel. With the Sherman Minton Bridge closed, projections show traffic backing up for miles on I-65 southbound at the bridge during Thanksgiving Day. Northbound traffic should be about the same as it usually is. The problem could be […]

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Feds Approve Revised Bridges Plan, New Public Comment Period Begins

by Gabe Bullard November 17, 2011

Public meetings have been set on the revised Ohio River Bridges Project plan. Earlier this year, Mayor Greg Fischer and the governors of Kentucky and Indiana put forward a plan to scale back the project and cut the cost from $4.1 billion to $2.9 billion. That prompted an environmental review from the Federal Highway Administration. […]

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Paul Bridges Amendment Fails on Senate Floor

by admin November 1, 2011

by Dan Conti, Kentucky Public Radio Senator Rand Paul’s bid to take money from highway beautification projects and use it to repair bridges and other transportation infrastructure has failed on the senate floor. The Kentucky Republican proposed eliminating money for landscaping projects like walking and bike paths and re-directing the funds for bridge work. “This […]

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The Wednesday Morning Commute: 7am Update

by Todd Mundt September 14, 2011

Wednesday begins with one bright spot: officials say the traffic on Monday and Tuesday has been moving more smoothly than expected. Small comfort if you’re stuck in bumper-to-bumper traffic, or if you’re getting up much earlier to start your commute – but worth noting. A few notes: Wednesday morning traffic is reverting back to normal […]

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Indiana Brewer Says Bridge Closure A Chance for Hoosiers to Visit Local Businesses

by Gabe Bullard September 12, 2011

A New Albany business owner says the Sherman Minton Bridge’s closure has given him a better chance to connect with Hoosier customers. Roger Baylor is co-owner of the New Albanian Brewing Company, which has two restaurants in the city. He says he’s not worried about losing business in the short term while New Albany’s connection […]

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