News and Tribune

Floyd County

April 10, 2013

Downtown bridge construction to start July 1

Tolling could begin as early as April 2016

LOUISVILLE — Construction on the downtown portion of the Ohio River Bridges Project is set to begin July 1.

At a press conference Wednesday, transportation planners presented the plans to construct Kentucky’s portion of the Ohio River Bridges Project, which included the downtown bridge, its approaches on both sides of the Ohio River and the reconstruction of the Kennedy Interchange, which is often referred to as Spaghetti Junction.

Kentucky Transportation Cabinet Project Manager Andy Barber said the project will be completed in 3 1/2 years, by December 2016. Walsh Design Build Team, the contracting team for the project, will complete construction of the project at an estimated cost of $860 million. Kentucky Transportation Cabinet officials said previously the total cost of the downtown portion of the bridges project will exceed $1 billion when counting the costs for land acquisition, utility relocation, preliminary design and consulting work, construction oversight, toll system development and other necessary items.

The right-of-way needed to construct the downtown corridor is still being purchased by the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet and is expected to be complete by this summer, Barber said.

“Walsh Construction has promised, and we will deliver, this project under a very aggressive timeline and construction schedule,” said Arik Quam, project manager for Walsh Design Build Team.

He said the project will be built in three sections simultaneously and eventually combined in order to meet the tight construction timeline.

“The first new bridge ... is set to open to traffic exactly three years from this month,” Barber said.

Quam said April 2016 is the timeline for when the three sections of the project will be combined.

“It’s at this important milestone that all traffic, northbound and southbound, will be placed on the new river crossing ... and then the remaining sections of the Kennedy interchange, the JFK [bridge] rehab and the Indiana approaches will be completed in that final season in 2016,” he said.

“This project will improve traffic congestion and provide for a world-class interstate system,” Quam added. “We are confident this project will be the model and the right way to construct such a mega project in an urban environment. We are enthusiastic to be building the signature bridge crossing in the heart of Louisville that will be the cornerstone of pride and immediately recognized as being a part of the impressive Louisville skyline for many, many generations to come.”

Text Only | Photo Reprints
Floyd County
LOCAL MAGAZINES
2013 Photos of the year


Take a look at our most memorable photos from 2013.

SPECIAL CONTENT
Twitter Updates
Follow us on twitter
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide
AP Video
Obama Hopeful on Ukraine, Will Watch Russians Flamingo Frenzy Ahead of Zoo Construction Crew Criticized Over Handling of Ferry Disaster Agreement Reached to Calm Ukraine Tensions Raw: Pope Francis Performs Pre-easter Ritual Raw: Bulgarian Monastery Dyes 5000 Easter Eggs Diplomats Reach Deal to Ease Tensions in Ukraine U.S. Sending Nonlethal Aid to Ukraine Military Holder: Americans Stand With KC Mourners Obama Greets Wounded Warriors Malaysia Plane: Ocean Floor Images 'Very Clear' Sparks Fly With Derulo and Jordin on New Album Franco Leads Star-studded Broadway Cast Raw: Two Lucky Kids Get Ride in Popemobile Boston Bombing Survivors One Year Later Sister of Slain MIT Officer Reflects on Bombing
2013 Photos of the year


Take a look at our most memorable photos from 2013.