Senate Makes More Changes to Road Plan

The Kentucky state Senate has approved two and four year road plans that have major differences with the House versions. The biggest difference is with the Louisville bridges project. Combined, the plans will fund the Ohio River Bridges Project in Louisville with bonds for two years, then federal highway funds for the following four years. […]

Senate Committee Passes Road Plan Changes that Affects ORBP Funding

The Kentucky Senate is proposing a change in funding for the Ohio River Bridges Project. Governor Steve Beshear’s road budget calls for $50 million in spending on new bridges and reconfigured highway interchanges in Louisville. Both the House and Beshear favor using a mix of bonds and federal highway maintenance funds to do so. Senate […]

Agreement Reached for State Purchase of Drumanard Estate

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet announced late Friday that an agreement has been reached for the state to purchase the Drumanard Estate, a key element of the planned East End Ohio River Bridge. The state will pay $8.3 million for the estate. An approach to the bridge will be dug under the property, with the state […]

House Budget Committee Approves Road Plan

The Kentucky House budget committee has approved the next two-year road plan for the commonwealth. The committee easily passed the plan and the Transportation Cabinet’s operating budget today. The road plan funds many of Governor Steve Beshear’s big initiatives, such as widening both Interstate 65 around Bowling Green and the Mountain Parkway. Bill sponsor Sannie […]

Kentucky, Indiana Governors Sign Bridges Project Financial Plan Agreement

The Governors of Indiana and Kentucky have signed an agreement for plans to finance their portions of the Ohio River Bridges Project. The move is an attempt to encourage the beginning of project construction by the end of the year. But the bridges project still faces hurdles including the Kentucky General Assembly, which must still […]

Informational Meetings This Week for Bridges Project

Meetings will be held this week in Louisville for companies that want to take part in the Ohio River Bridges Project. Kentucky and Indiana officials announced in December that the two states would split responsibilities for the project, with Kentucky building a downtown Louisville bridge and reworking Spaghetti Junction. Indiana will handle construction of a […]

Indiana’s Public Comments End for Bridges Project Financing Proposal

The public comment period for Indiana’s proposal to fund its portion of the Ohio River Bridges Project is over, and the 15 comments regarding the public-private partnership are split. Indiana is responsible for finding $1.3 billion to build a new East End Bridge. The state has proposed a partnership that would find a private operator […]

Kentucky, Indiana Pursue Separate Paths For Financing Bridges Project

The Louisville and Southern Indiana Bridges Authority met Thursday to discuss ways of paying for the Ohio River Bridges Project. Bi-state bridges officials said both states could present a financial plan in the next few weeks, but the decision last week to split the cost and responsibility between Kentucky and Indiana has not made the […]

Agreement Calls For Divided Funding, Oversight of Bridges Project

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 […]