The Ohio River Bridges Downtown Crossing


Women in Construction Job Fair

Are you seeking a job? Do you have a skilled trade? Are you seeking training in the construction field? If yes, then please join us for our information session on how to work on the Ohio River Bridges project. Men are welcome too!

Tuesday, April 7, 2015
9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Mellwood Arts & Entertainment Center (Room #2)
1860 Mellwood Ave.
Louisville, KY 40206

Meet with Walsh Construction, Walsh Vinci Construction JV, Local Labor Unions, Subcontractors and Workforce Development Program Coordinators

Businesses and unions wishing to participate need to register by Wednesday, April 1


Tina Ray or Brenda Wolf

Walsh Construction Company and Walsh Vinci Construction JV are equal opportunity employers,
dedicated to a policy of nondiscrimination in employment on any basis including race, creed, color, age, sex, religion, national


Public hearing on selection of toll provider

Notice of Public Hearing

The Indiana Finance Authority (the “IFA”), on behalf of the Joint Board, issued a request for proposals on December 8, 2014, as supplemented and amended (the “RFP”) to provide, operate, manage, and maintain an all electronic toll collection system, including roadside, back office and toll system operations functions for the Louisville Southern Indiana Ohio River Bridges Project pursuant to an agreement (the “Agreement”) under IC 8-15.5 (the “Act”). The Louisville Southern Indiana Ohio River Bridges Project includes the East End Crossing Bridge, the Downtown Crossing Bridges and the associated access and roadways.

Upon review of each of the offers from proposers received by the IFA on February 10, 2015, in response to the RFP, the IFA has preliminarily selected the proposal (“Selected Proposal”) offered by Kapsch TrafficCom IVHS Inc. (the “Selected Offeror”).  In accordance with the Act, the IFA has prepared a written explanation of the basis for the preliminary selection of the Selected Offeror (“Written Statement”).

Public comments on the Agreement and the preliminary selection by the IFA of the Selected Offeror will be accepted by the IFA on March 26, 2015 at 5:00 p.m. (local time) in the Sheraton Riverside Hotel, Riverside Ballroom, 700 West Riverside Drive, Jeffersonville, Indiana 47130.

Public comments on the Agreement and the preliminary selection by the IFA of the Selected Offeror will also be accepted by the IFA on March 26, 2015 at 5:00 p.m. (local time) via video feed at the University of Louisville Shelby Campus, Founders Union Building, Room 218A, 9001 Shelbyville Road, Louisville, Kentucky 40222.

Public comments will be accepted in the following ways:

  • Speaking publicly from a podium at the meeting
  • Written submittals using forms provided at the meeting
  • Written submittals online at (comments will be accepted until 5 p.m., March 26, 2015).

The Agreement, the Written Statement and the Selected Proposal (with the exception of the parts of the Selected Proposal that are confidential under Indiana Code 5-14-3) are available on the internet website of the IFA at and are available for public inspection and copying at One North Capitol Street, Suite 900, Indianapolis, Indiana 46204 (telephone: 317-233-4332), the principal office of the IFA, during regular business hours.

More details on the Ohio River Bridges Project and its location can be found at and


NCAA Tournament Look Ahead

March 17, 2015 – Visitors traveling to Louisville for the early rounds of the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament will see the very visible progress being made on the Downtown Crossing. Ongoing lane closures and restrictions associated with the project will not keep travelers from reaching their destinations.

The KFC Yum! Center is located at 1 Arena Plaza in Downtown Louisville, bordered by 2nd and 3rd Streets. Surface streets affected by construction on the Downtown Crossing are several blocks east of the arena. The surface street closures are largely centered along the I-65 corridor, extending from the Kennedy Bridge to Muhammad Ali Boulevard.

The following closures and lane restrictions are expected the rest of the week in connection with construction on the Downtown Crossing:

Downtown Louisville

  • Floyd Street, northbound from Muhammad Ali Blvd. to Liberty St.
  • Frankfort Avenue, from Story Ave. to River Rd.
  • Hancock Street, from Main St. to Clay St.
  • Jackson Street, from Jefferson St. to Market St.
  • Jefferson Street, from Jackson St. to Floyd St. (one lane open)
  • Liberty Street, from Floyd St. to Preston St. (one lane open)
  • Main Street, from Hancock St. to Jackson St. (two lanes open)
  • Market Street, westbound from Hancock St. to Jackson St.
  • Preston Street, from Jefferson St. to Liberty St.
  • River Road, from Preston St. to Witherspoon St. (two lanes open)
  • Witherspoon Street, from Slugger Field to Clay St. and from Adams St. to River Rd.

Interstate Closures (Overnight 9pm-5am)

  • Ramp from I-64 East to I-65 North
  • One lane of I-64 East from 3rd Street to Story Avenue
  • Ramp from Story Avenue to I-64 West (Wednesday night only)

Long-term Interstate Closures


  • Ramp from I-64 East to I-65 South
  • Ramp from I-65 North to I-64 West
  • Ramp from Liberty Street to I-65 North
  • I-65 North from Muhammad Ali Boulevard to Witherspoon Street reduced to two through lanes of traffic, with the right lane a mandatory exit to Ali


  • I-65 South and I-65 North reduced to two through lanes of traffic from the Kennedy Bridge to Brown’s Station Way
  • No direct access to I-65 North from the Clark Memorial Bridge. US 31-North traffic must exit onto Court Avenue and are directed to 10th Street to access I-65 North.

The actual starting date and duration for the work may be adjusted if inclement weather or other unforeseen activities occur. Also, given the aggressive overall construction schedule for the project, Walsh DBT may shift work schedules when opportunities arise. Find all of the latest traffic information at

Construction Guide details major work for the year

March 11, 2015 –  With an accelerated schedule to open the new Downtown bridge early, 2015 promises to be an even busier construction season for the Downtown Crossing portion of the Ohio River Bridges Project.

“We told residents last year to prepare for the busiest construction season in downtown Louisville and Jeffersonville in more than 50 years,” said Kentucky Transportation Cabinet Project Manager Andy Barber. “Crews will be even busier this year as we work to put traffic on the new Downtown bridge by January 2016, three months ahead of schedule.”

The accelerated schedule will allow for more extensive improvements that will extend the life of the Kennedy Bridge.

The Downtown Crossing Annual Construction Guide details the major work and significant traffic changes expected this year.

CLICK HERE to access the 2015 Construction Guide.

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Work Scheduled for 2015 

Downtown Louisville

New roadways, ramps and overpasses are being constructed as crews continue the massive job of reconstructing the Kennedy Interchange, untangling the many weaves of Spaghetti Junction where I-65, I-64 and I-71 converge. Two lanes of interstate traffic, in each direction, are being maintained during peak hours throughout the project.

New Downtown Bridge

Work on the new Downtown bridge will be completed this year, with the new bridge carrying traffic by January 2016. All three towers will reach their full heights by this summer. The bridge will rapidly take shape as crews continue to set structural steel, install stay cables and eventually pour the deck.

Southern Indiana

Crews in Southern Indiana will spend 2015 completing the approach and connections to the new Downtown bridge. The “Big Squeeze” remains in place, with lane restrictions along a nearly 1 ½ mile section of I-65 in both directions from the Kennedy Bridge to Brown’s Station Way. Traffic will shift this summer when crews complete work on the new lanes of I-65 North.






















Notice of Public Meeting of the Joint Board for the Louisville-Southern Indiana Ohio River Bridges Project

of the
for the
Louisville-Southern Indiana Ohio River Bridges Project
9:00 a.m., Thursday, March 12, 2015
Kentucky Transportation Cabinet District 5 Office
8310 Westport Rd, Louisville, KY


1.         Public Comments

2.         Approval of Minutes

3.         Consideration of Resolution JB 2015-4 — Selection of Preferred Proposer

4.         Old Business

5.         Adjournment

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