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Weather Postpones First Downtown Crossing Tour of 2015

First walking tour of the year is rescheduled for March 11

March 3, 2015 The first Downtown Crossing walking tour of 2015 is being postponed because of expected rain and snow in the area. The tour, which was scheduled for tomorrow, has been rescheduled for Wednesday, March 11. Those who signed up have been notified and will have a spot in the rescheduled tour.

The monthly tours are scheduled for the first Wednesday of every month, March through October. Tours canceled by inclement weather are rescheduled for the following Wednesday. 

The tours, which begin at 11 a.m. at the foot of the Big Four Bridge, are led by a Walsh Design Build Team guide. Tours last about an hour with the guide making several stops on the Big Four Bridge to share details about construction progress and to answer questions.

The walking tours are very popular and spots for all 2015 tours were reserved during the first week of registration. A series of six Two-Minute Tours provides another chance for people to learn more about construction on the Downtown Crossing. The short videos can be viewed on a computer or smartphone at www.seethebridge.com or on the project website, www.kyinbridges.com.

New Tours Available to ‘See the Bridge’

Three new video tours added at SeeTheBridge.com 

Feb. 23, 2015 –  Spending two minutes on your smartphone or at your computer will give you a better understanding of construction underway in connection with the Downtown Crossing portion of the Ohio River Bridges Project. Three additional Two-Minute Tours are now available at www.seethebridge.com.

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The new additions focus on the Kennedy Interchange, the I-64/I-71 interchange and the work being done in Southern Indiana. The tours include information on the construction that has been completed and work to come, including several renderings of what residents will see on the streets of Downtown Louisville and in Jeffersonville when the project is complete.

A total of six Two-Minute Tours are now available. The first three tours in the series provide an overview of the project, a closer look at the new Downtown bridge under construction and information on the piers that provide the foundation for the new bridge. There’s also a link to the Two-Minute Tours on the project website, www.kyinbridges.com.

The video tours are a great way to stay up to date on the project from the comfort of your home or office during the cold winter months. They also offer another option for people who are not able to take advantage of the Downtown Crossing walking tours. The walking tours have proven to be very popular. The monthly tours run March-October. Spots for all of 2015 were filled during the first week of registration earlier this month.

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The Two-Minute Tours can act as a guide for people taking their own tour of progress on the Downtown Crossing. Two signs for the Two-Minute Tours are posted on the Big Four Bridge, which offers a prime viewing spot for construction. The many people who use the pedestrian bridge can view the tours on their smartphones to find out more about the work happening right before their eyes.

The short videos are about two minutes long and will be updated as the project progresses.

 

Ramp from I-65 North to I-64 West Closed

Ramp from I-65 North to I-64 West Closes, as Scheduled

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (February 16, 2015)The ramp from I-65 North to I-64 West has closed as work continues on the Downtown Crossing portion of the Ohio River Bridges Project.

Crews with Walsh Construction closed the ramp late Sunday, February 15. The closure is expected to last about four months, with the ramp scheduled to reopen in June.

During the closure, the ramp will be demolished and rebuilt to link to three new overpasses under construction. The work is part of the reconstruction of the Kennedy Interchange.

The single-lane ramp carries nearly 10,000 vehicles each day.

The posted detour will direct drivers traveling north on I-65 to I-264 (Watterson Expressway) to I-64. Drivers are also expected to use surface streets to access other ramps to I-64 West.

 

Long-Term Ramp Closure Scheduled to Begin Early Monday

Ramp from I-65 North to I-64 West will be closed four months 

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (February 13, 2015)A long-term ramp closure is scheduled to be in place at the start of next week. The ramp from I-65 North to I-64 West is closing as work continues on the Downtown Crossing portion of the Ohio River Bridges Project.

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The ramp is scheduled to close early Monday, February 16, in advance of the morning commute. The closure is expected to last about four months, with the ramp scheduled to reopen in June.

During the closure, the ramp will be demolished and rebuilt to link to three new overpasses under construction. The work is part of the reconstruction of the Kennedy Interchange.

The single-lane ramp carries nearly 10,000 vehicles each day.

The posted detour will direct drivers traveling north on I-65 to I-264 (Watterson Expressway) to I-64. Drivers are also expected to use surface streets to access other ramps to I-64 West.

Note: Included is a list of significant long-term closures scheduled to occur during the remainder of construction of the Downtown Crossing. The new Downtown bridge is scheduled to open to traffic by January 2016. The entire Downtown Crossing – the new bridge, an improved Kennedy Bridge and interstate connections — is scheduled to be complete in December 2016.

 

Long-Term Closures

 Timing*

Planned Duration

Ramp from I-64 East to I-65 South

     July 2013-mid 2016

1,000 days

Kentucky  Closures

Ramp from I-65 North to

I-64 West

     Feb. 2015-June 2015

122 days

Ramp from Liberty Street to I-65 North

     Mid 2015-late 2015

134 days

Ramp from I-65 South to

I-64 West

January 2016-August 2016

Ramp from I-65 South to

I-64 East/I-71 North

February 2016-August 2016

195 days

Ramp from Muhammad Ali Blvd. to I-65 North

  Spring 2016-mid 2016

82 days

 

Ramp from I-64 East to

I-65 North

  Spring 2016-late 2016

258 days

Indiana Closure

Ramp from Court Avenue to I-65 South

Spring 2016-mid 2016

75 days

*Dates are subject to change. More specific dates will be known as construction progresses.

Kentucky-Indiana Joint Board approves contracts for eventual toll system for Ohio River Bridges project

Toll services advisor, revenue control manager brought on board

JEFFERSONVILLE, Indiana (Feb. 11, 2015) –The Kentucky-Indiana Joint Board for the Ohio River Bridges Project today approved the hiring of two contractors that will assist in implementing a toll system.

The Joint Board also authorized the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) to procure a broker to assist in purchasing business income insurance.

“Our two states are taking necessary steps toward a common goal – a well-designed, well-managed and smooth-running system that will dramatically improve mobility across the Ohio River in this region,” Kentucky Transportation Secretary Mike Hancock, co-chair of the Joint Board, said.

Kentucky and Indiana jointly are building the bridges project to improve cross-river mobility between Louisville and Southern Indiana. The project calls for building two bridges – one connecting  downtown Louisville and Jeffersonville, Indiana, running beside the Interstate-65 Kennedy Memorial Bridge, and another bridge eight miles upriver, connecting Prospect, Kentucky, and Utica, Indiana.

Once the project is completed, the two new bridges and a renovated Kennedy Memorial Bridge will feature an all-electronic toll collection system – meaning no toll plazas, no slowing of traffic and no waiting in line.

Contracts approved today:

Toll Services Advisor – The states selected eTrans KY Inc., of Louisville, to oversee the work of the eventual toll system provider. The company also will oversee all design and testing of the system to ensure that it works as intended and will monitor the toll system provider to ensure it meets performance requirements. The contract has a limit of $3.45 million.

Revenue Control Manager – The states selected KPMG LLP, whose duties will include working with the toll system provider to design financial procedures for the toll system. Once the system is in operation, KPMG will perform daily reconciliation of toll receipts and ensure that correct amounts are transferred to the states. The company also will procure financial software for the system and assist with audits as needed. The contract has a limit of $2.1 million.

Both contracts will run through June 30, 2016, and can be renewed for up to two additional, two-year periods.

The Joint Board also authorized the hiring of a business income insurance broker, whose job will be to help the states find coverage to protect themselves against an accident or other event that renders them unable to collect tolls. Obtaining such coverage is required for Kentucky under the agreement by which it obtained a $452.2 million low-interest loan for the project from the Federal Highway Administration.

“It has been great to see high-quality firms compete to help the Joint Board accomplish the task of designing and implementing the tolling system for the bridges project,” said Jim Stark, INDOT deputy commissioner for innovative project delivery. “The level of expertise of these advisors ensures us that we have put together the right team, and that we will have a successful system.”

The Joint Board, which was created to facilitate the financing, construction, operation and maintenance of the bridges project, previously selected Kapsch TrafficCom USA, based in McLean, Virginia, to provide transponders and related equipment, and a Louisville company, New West, to provide marketing, branding and communications services related to all-electronic tolling.

The Joint Board consists of transportation and finance officials from both states – Secretary Hancock, Indiana Department of Transportation Deputy Commissioner Jim Stark, Kentucky Finance Secretary Lori Flanery and Dan Huge, newly appointed interim Public Finance Director of Indiana.

Director Huge was appointed following the recent departure from IFA of Kendra York. He is the  chief financial officer/chief operating officer of the IFA and recently served as interim Treasurer of State.

FOLLOW THE OHIO RIVER BRIDGES PROJECT: News, information, live camera feeds and “Two-Minute Tour” videos about the project can be accessed at www.kyinbridges.com.

 

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