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Dash-cam Videos of Downtown Traffic Change

Aug. 29, 2016 – A significant change is now in place for drivers traveling from I-64 West and I-71 South to I-65. Traffic shifted this weekend as crews with Walsh Construction continue to make progress on the Downtown Crossing portion of the Louisville – Southern Indiana Ohio River Bridges Project.

Drivers traveling from I-64 West and I-71 South to I-65 continue to split to the left, but then see a flip in exits to Interstate 65. Drivers traveling to I-65 South now exit to the left, and drivers traveling to I-65 North now exit to the right.

It’s important for all drivers to slow down, use caution and pay close attention to the signage.

Click here to see dash-cam videos of traffic in its new position

Video Credit: Ohio River Bridges Project

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The Downtown Crossing includes the new Abraham Lincoln Bridge, an improved Kennedy Bridge and interstate connections on both sides of the river. Substantial completion of the entire Downtown Crossing is scheduled for December 2016.

Find all of the latest traffic information and more details on the Ohio River Bridges Project at www.kyinbridges.com.

Navigate traffic with KYTC, www.511.ky.gov, and Waze, www.waze.com.

Thousands Have Opened RiverLink Accounts

Tolling is expected to begin late this year

Aug. 26, 2016Thousands of people have opened RiverLink accounts during the first month of operations. More than 4,000 people have opened personal accounts, and more than 100 businesses have opened commercial accounts. RiverLink launched operations July 21, with tolling not expected to start until late this year.

RiverLink is the new, all-electronic tolling system making the Louisville – Southern Indiana Ohio River Bridges Project possible. There are no toll booths, no coin machines, no lines and no stopping. Initial toll rates range from $2-$12. The lowest toll rates are for drivers with transponders. Drivers must set up a prepaid account to get a transponder.

“We’re thrilled with the number of drivers who have already taken that first step of opening their accounts,” said Megan McLain, innovative finance manager with the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet. “Having a RiverLink account and transponder is the key to receiving the lowest toll rates.”

Opening a RiverLink Account1

Drivers can open a personal account online at www.RiverLink.com, by phone at 855-RIV-LINK or in person at one of two RiverLink customer service centers.

The customer service centers are located at 400 East Main Street in Louisville and 103 Quartermaster Court in Jeffersonville. The centers are open 7 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday – Friday. They are also open 8 a.m. – 2 p.m. Saturday during the first year of operations.

“The process of setting up an account is easy,” said Clint Murphy, director of tolling oversight with the Indiana Department of Transportation. “A person needs to know the make, model, year, color and license plate number for each vehicle being registered. The entire process should take less than ten minutes, and then drivers are ready for the start of tolling later this year.”

There are two types of RiverLink accounts – personal accounts and commercial accounts.

A personal account can include up to four vehicles, with a minimum balance of $20 to open the account. The minimum balance to open a commercial account is $20 per vehicle. Calling a customer service representative (855-RIV-LINK) is the fastest and easiest way for a business to open an account.

Transponder Choices

There are two types of RiverLink transponders – RiverLink local transponders and RiverLink E-ZPass transponders. Drivers signing up for RiverLink accounts have requested more than 4,000 RiverLink local transponders to date, and have ordered nearly 1,700 RiverLink E-ZPass transponders.

A RiverLink local transponder is free of charge, one per registered vehicle. The small sticker adheres to the windshield, is non-transferable and will work only on the local tolled bridges. Drivers choosing a RiverLink local transponder will receive it when setting up their account, either in person or in the mail.

A RiverLink E-ZPass transponder is $15 per transponder. It’s mounted to the windshield, is portable from vehicle to vehicle registered to a single account and works in all 16 E-ZPass states (https://e-zpassiag.com/about-e-zpass/where-can-i-use-it). Drivers choosing a RiverLink E-ZPass transponder will receive it later this year, before the start of tolling.

A sensor reads the transponder and the appropriate toll is deducted from a prepaid account. If you set up your account online or by phone, your transponder will be mailed to you, free of charge.

Start of Tolling

Tolling will begin after cross-river capacity is added to the system. That means either the improved John F. Kennedy Memorial Bridge or the new East End bridge will be complete and fully open to traffic. Both are expected to happen late this year.

The new Abraham Lincoln Bridge, the improved Kennedy Bridge and the new East End bridge will be tolled. The Sherman Minton Bridge and the Clark Memorial Bridge will not be tolled. Find more information at www.riverlink.com.

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The Louisville – Southern Indiana Ohio River Bridges Project includes two new bridges and their approaches, an improved Kennedy Bridge and reconstruction of the Kennedy Interchange, where I-65, I-64 and I-71 come together in downtown Louisville. The new Abraham Lincoln Bridge will carry six lanes of I-65 northbound traffic. The improved Kennedy Bridge will carry six lanes of southbound traffic. The new East End bridge will connect the Gene Snyder Freeway in Prospect, Kentucky with State Road 265 (Lee Hamilton Highway) in Utica, Indiana. Find all of the latest traffic information and more details on the Ohio River Bridges Project at www.kyinbridges.com.

For Sale: Historic Estate in Eastern Jefferson County

Bids are being accepted on Drumanard estate

Aug. 19, 2016 – A historic estate is for sale in eastern Jefferson County. Sealed bids are being accepted for Drumanard. The home, listed on the National Register of Historic Places, sits on more than 50 acres. It’s located at 6401 Wolf Pen Branch Road in Prospect.

The main home is nearly 10,000 square feet and includes six bedrooms, eight bathrooms and nine fireplaces. The property also includes a guest cottage, a partially finished gardener’s cottage, greenhouse and gazebo.1

Rich History

Drumanard is derived from the Scottish word for “high land” or “hill top.” Work on the Drumanard home was completed in 1929.

Tobacco executive William E. Strater had purchased the land in 1902. After he drowned in Harrods Creek in 1908, his widow, Jesse Strater, retained the property. She later remarried Maj. Alexander MacKenzie Watson, the great-grandson of Kentucky Gov. John J. Crittenden. The couple hired a local architectural firm, Nevin and Morgan, to build the Tudor Revival house.

Even the landscaping surrounding the rolling country estate is historic. Much of the overall landscaping was planned by Olmsted Brothers, a renowned landscape architectural firm, in the early 1900s. John Charles Olmsted and Frederick Law Olmsted, Jr. were the sons of eminent landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted. Olmsted and his sons designed Louisville’s original park system.

Details of the Sale

The property is being sold by sealed bid, with a minimum bid reserve of $3,500,000. All bids must meet the reserve, and must be received before the scheduled bid opening, which is November 3 at 1:30 p.m. The Commonwealth of Kentucky reserves the right to reject any or all bids.

Bidders are subject to the terms and conditions of a historic preservation and conservation easement, designed to protect the architectural and historic integrity of the property. Future usage of the property will be reviewed by the state historic preservation office. Complete details of the preservation easement can be viewed here: http://kyinbridges.com/wp-content/uploads/Drumanard-Preservation-Easement.pdf.

Six open houses are scheduled to give interested parties a closer look at the property. The open houses are September 1, 16, and 29, as well as October 7, 12 and 18. All are scheduled 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Property Information

The property was purchased by the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet in 2012 as part of right-of-way acquisition for the East End Crossing portion of the Louisville – Southern Indiana Ohio River Bridges Project. The purchase price was $8.3 million.

“The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet doesn’t acquire properties to turn a profit,” said Andy Barber, deputy state highway engineer and KYTC project manager. “KYTC acquires property, when needed, to build infrastructure. We expect to have traffic on the East End bridge by the end of the year. That progress wouldn’t have been possible without acquiring this property.”

Drumanard sits in the approach path to the East End bridge, with twin tunnels built underneath the property.

The conditions of the preservation easement ensure more than 50 acres of historic property will be protected and maintained.

Additional Information

Find more information about the property and the sales process at www.kytcproperty.com, or contact Mark McCoy, Division of Right of Way and Utilities, Kentucky Transportation Cabinet, mark.mccoy@ky.gov, 502-782-4945.

Additional photos of the exterior and interior of Drumanard are posted on the project website: https://www.flickr.com/photos/downtowncrossing/sets/72157670588262711.

Aerial footage of Drumanard can be seen here: http://kyinbridges.com/galleries/videos/

Photo and video credit: Ohio River Bridges Project

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Find all of the latest traffic information and more details on the Louisville – Southern Indiana Ohio River Bridges Project at www.kyinbridges.com.

TRAFFIC ALERT: I-64 East Reopens at I-65

Crews finish cleanup after hydraulic fluid leak

August 16, 2016 – Both lanes of Interstate 64 East have reopened after crews finished cleaning up a spill of hydraulic fluid.

The lanes were closed earlier today so Walsh Construction could clean up the spill.

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The Downtown Crossing includes the new Abraham Lincoln Bridge, an improved Kennedy Bridge and interstate connections on both sides of the river. Substantial completion of the entire Downtown Crossing is scheduled for December 2016.

Find all of the latest traffic information and more details on the Ohio River Bridges Project at www.kyinbridges.com.

Navigate traffic with KYTC, www.511.ky.gov, and Waze, www.waze.com.

First Open House for Historic Rosewell Property is This Week

August 9, 2016 – The first of five open houses to give interested parties a closer look at the historic Rosewell property is Thursday, August 11 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The property is located at 6900 Transylvania Avenue in eastern Jefferson County, and sits near the Ohio River. The two-story, hall-parlor house was built in the 1820’s and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It includes:

  • six bedrooms
  • four bathrooms
  • eight fireplaces
  • more than 7,200 square feet

The property sits on 4.5 acres and includes an additional 1.3 acres of adjacent, non-historic property for a total of nearly six acres of land. It was built in the 1820s, with a limestone addition in 1854.Rosewell front

The property was purchased by the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) as part of the right-of-way acquisition for the East End Crossing portion of the Louisville – Southern Indiana Ohio River Bridges Project.

The property is being sold by sealed bid, with a minimum bid reserve of $1,000,000. All bids must meet the reserve and must be received before the scheduled bid opening, which is set for Monday, October 3 at 1:30 p.m. Find more information about the property and the sales process at www.kytcproperty.com.

Four additional open houses will be held August 17, August 22, September 7 and September 14. All are scheduled from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

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