Ohio River Bridges Project

Preliminary East End Bridge Work Set for August

by Rick Howlett on May 30, 2012

Indiana officials are advertising for bids for preparatory work on the state‘s portion of the Ohio River Bridges Project.

Indiana Department of Transportation spokesman Will Wingfield says construction will begin this summer on a road extension between Utica, Indiana and the River Ridge Commerce Center.

It’s the first step toward construction of a new east end bridge.

“We anticipate with bids opening July 11 that we’ll be breaking ground about August in terms of beginning work there. The road extension would open about June, 2013, and obviously we still have the larger procurement for the east end bridge that will be ongoing at that time,” Wingfield said today.

Wingfield says officials hope to have the east end bridge finished by 2018, if not sooner.

Kentucky officials are working with potential contractors on the larger portion of the bridges project, construction of a span in downtown Louisville and the reconfiguration of Spaghetti Junction.

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Kentucky, Indiana Select Finalists for Bridges Project

by Rick Howlett April 23, 2012

Kentucky and Indiana have narrowed the list of finalists to build their respective portions of the Ohio River Bridges Project. Kentucky now has three finalists for the construction of a downtown Louisville bridge and the reworking of Spaghetti Junction. Indiana has selected four finalists for an east end bridge. Transportation and other officials from the […]

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Bridges Project Clears Federal Hurdle

by Gabe Bullard 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 […]

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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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Kentucky House Reignites Bridge Tolling Debate

by Kenny Colston April 17, 2012

The prospect of bridge tolls is once again dominating the discussion of an infrastructure bill in the Kentucky General Assembly. The House Budget Committee passed a road plan funding bill today. But before voting, lawmakers questioned the need for tolls on bridges in Louisville and Northern Kentucky. Committee members asked whether the Sherman Minton Bridge […]

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Lawmakers Reach Deal on Road Plan, But Don’t Pass Funding Mechanism

by Kenny Colston April 12, 2012

Kentucky lawmakers have  reached a late night agreement on a road plan. The House and the Senate finally compromised on two-year and six-year road plans early this morning. House Speaker Greg Stumbo says the impasse was finally broken at about the same time the budget conference committee passed their compromise two weeks ago. “3 o’ […]

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Beshear, Daniels to Receive Honorary Degrees from Bellarmine

by admin April 10, 2012

Bellarmine University will bestow honorary degrees to Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear and Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels at their spring commencement ceremony. The school is recognizing the two governors for their regional partnership and bipartisan cooperation, specifically citing their work on the $2.6 billion Ohio River Bridges. The juggernaut public works projects seeks to construct a […]

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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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Road Plan Vote Delayed to Last Day of Session

by Kenny Colston March 30, 2012

Kentucky lawmakers are unlikely to approve new two-year and six-year road plans in time to override any gubernatorial vetoes. The conference committee working on the plans did not come to a compromise late last night, significantly decreasing the potential for a deal today. The plans fund many projects, including the widening of Interstate 65, the […]

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Federal Approval for Changes to Bridges Project Expected Soon

by admin March 28, 2012

In a letter to U.S. Representatives John Yarmuth, D-Ky., and Todd Young, R-In., the Federal Highway Administration says it expects to approve a new environmental study for the $2.6 billion Ohio River Bridges Project, which is required for the project to move forward. The Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement was initiated after Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear, […]

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