The Ohio River Bridges Downtown Crossing


Disadvantaged Business Enterprise



The Ohio River Bridges Project is committed to economic development, diversity and inclusion in contracting and workforce opportunities that reflect the community.
The Disadvantaged Business Enterprise Program of the Louisville-Southern Indiana Ohio River Bridges Project ensures equal opportunities for small, minority- and women-owned businesses.

What is the Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) Program?

  • A program created by Congress to help remove barriers to participation in federally funded contracts by small, minority- and women-owned business enterprises
  • Ensures nondiscrimination in transportation contracting markets
  • Assists in development of companies that can compete successfully in the marketplace outside the DBE program

How does Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) play a part in the Project?

  • All contractors and subcontractors performing work on federally assisted highway contracts must ensure nondiscrimination in matters of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age or disability in their employment and contracting practices
  • Equal Employment Opportunity is provided to minorities and women in any scope of work on the Project, commensurate with their availability in the workforce
  • All contractors have specific regulatory responsibilities to fulfill
  • KYTC will monitor and assist contractors with ensuring compliance

Disadvantaged Business Enterprise Certification

A Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) eligible firm, according to Title 49, Part 26 of the Code of Federal Regulations, must be a small business that is at least 51% independently owned and controlled in both substance and form by one or more socially and economically disadvantaged persons.

DBE certification is a federal program, facilitated by the KYTC Office of Civil Rights and Small Business Development

The Ohio River Bridges Project requires an element of DBE participation as called for in the project’s Memorandum of Agreement. The DBE Program of the Downtown Crossing Project offers support and a wide range of resources to help DBE-certified firms become more competitive.

DBE Application

Certified DBE Directory


Disadvantaged Business Enterprise Opportunities

The Ohio River Bridges Downtown Crossing Project’s $860 million construction contract includes an 8% goal for DBE contracting opportunities. The Walsh Group Design/Build Team’s DBE and Workforce Equal Opportunity Project Manager provides information to DBEs regarding opportunities on each section and phase of the project and work scopes.

Workforce goals on the project include 15% for minorities and 10% for women.

The Downtown Crossing Project is in three sections:

Section 1 – The Kennedy Interchange – reconfiguration of “Spaghetti Junction”
Section 2 – New cable-stayed bridge to carry northbound I-65 traffic; re-decking of Kennedy Bridge and conversion to southbound-only traffic
Section 3 – Indiana approach of I-65 from West Market Street north to Stansifer Avenue in Jeffersonville, Ind.

Contractors seeking work on transportation projects must be prequalified by KYTC before bidding.

For information regarding construction prequalification:

Division of Construction Procurement
200 Mero Street, 3rd Floor West
Frankfort, KY 40622
Brent Kropf
Administrative Branch Manager
(502) 564-3500 x3766


For details about the Kentucky DBE program, click here.
For details about the Indiana DBE program, click here.