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Additional Study Ordered On Bridges Project

Project Manager Gary Valentine says the changes have potential environmental impacts not considered in earlier studies.

The Federal Highway Administration says cost cutting measures proposed for the Ohio River Bridges Project will require study, including a supplemental Environmental Impact Statement.

The governors of Kentucky and Indiana and Mayor Greg Fischer last month proposed that the $4.1 billion project be scaled down to save $500 million.

The suggested cutbacks include a smaller east end Bridge, reconfiguring Spaghetti Junction at its present site instead of moving it south, and removing walkways from a new downtown bridge.

Project Manager Gary Valentine says the changes have potential environmental impacts not considered in earlier studies.

He says the new review should take about a year, “which is within the timeline that we have indicated all along, with the goal of still getting into construction by August of 2012,” he said.

The bi-state bridges authority will also host an industry forum this week to discuss ways to make the project more cost-efficient.