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New Deck is Being Poured on Kennedy Bridge

Work to shift to the east side of the bridge next month

A new deck is being poured on the John F. Kennedy Memorial Bridge, marking the final stage of major improvements underway on the west side of the bridge. Crews with Walsh Construction will shift their attention next month to the east side of the bridge. A new floor system is being installed as part of the work on the Downtown Crossing portion of the Louisville – Southern Indiana Ohio River Bridges Project. The improvements are expected to add decades of new life to the 52-year old bridge.

Demolition work started in December, right after I-65 South traffic moved to the new Abraham Lincoln Bridge. Crews removed the old deck and old steel, and have spent the1 past several months installing new steel on the west side of the bridge.

The new floor system is being built on top of existing floor beams, with all new stringers, bearings and diaphragms the length of the Kennedy Bridge. In all, more than 3.5 million pounds of steel are being replaced.

Stringers are the primary vertical support members of the floor system, running with traffic. After putting in new stringers, crews installed stay-in-place metal decking and added reinforcing steel (rebar) before pouring the concrete. The new deck will include nearly 6,000 cubic yards of concrete and 2.6 million pounds of reinforcing steel.

Phase Two Work to Begin in June

The final concrete pour on the west side of the bridge is expected in June, which will complete phase one of improvements on the Kennedy. Phase two work will begin in June, with the same steps repeated on the east side of the Kennedy – demolition, removing old steel, adding new steel, installing stay-in-place decking, adding rebar and eventually pouring a new deck. The work on the east side of the Kennedy is expected to continue into October.

A new approach on I-65 South (Indiana approach) is also being built, with complete removal of the existing approach. The new approach includes 4.1 million pounds of new steel beams and 2,100 cubic yards of new concrete.

Work Remains on Schedule

The Kennedy Bridge is expected to remain closed to traffic until late October. When it opens in October, it will carry two through lanes of southbound traffic. Access will also be restored from I-65 South to I-64 West, I-64 East and I-71 North.

By late this year, the Kennedy is expected to fully open to carry six lanes of southbound traffic, and the Abraham Lincoln Bridge will carry six lanes of northbound traffic.

 

Video and Photos of the Work

Crews with Walsh Construction were pouring 650 cubic yards of concrete on the day the video and photos were captured. About 65 concrete trucks cycled in and out during the 12-hour pour.

  • CLICK HERE to see B-roll video taken during a recent concrete pour on the deck of the Kennedy Bridge
  • CLICK HERE to see photos taken on the deck of the Kennedy Bridge during the concrete pour

Photo and 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.

I-64 and Story Ave. Traffic Shift

May 16, 2016 – Traffic shifted this weekend on I-64 East near Downtown Louisville, as scheduled. Traffic shifted left (to the north) to give crews room to work on new, expanded lanes of I-64 East.

The work extends from Witherspoon Street in Downtown Louisville to Mellwood Avenue. Drivers have moved to the left to utilize new roadway already constructed. Crews built a temporary crossover ramp to allow drivers on I-64 East to exit at Story Avenue.

Both shifts were completed over the weekend. Work on the new lanes of I-64 East is expected to be complete this summer.

HERE is a link to the dash cam videos of the traffic in its new position:

Video Credit: Ohio River Bridges Project

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The actual starting date and duration for the work may be adjusted if inclement weather or other unforeseen activities occur.

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.

Construction Leads to Traffic Shift on I-64 East

Weekend closures will be in place

May 13, 2016 – A traffic shift is expected on I-64 East near Downtown Louisville, as crews with Walsh Construction continue work on the Downtown Crossing portion of the Ohio River Bridges Project. Traffic will be shifting left (to the north) to give crews room to work on new, expanded lanes of I-64 East.

The work extends from Witherspoon Street in Downtown Louisville to Mellwood Avenue. Drivers will notice a slight change in their normal routes as the shift is made. They’ll be moving to the left to utilize new roadway already constructed. Crews will be building a temporary crossover ramp to allow drivers on I-64 East to exit at Story Avenue.

I-64 East traffic is expected to shift to the temporary lanes by early Saturday morning. The crossover ramp is expected to open by early Monday morning.

A weekend ramp closure and lane closure are planned to prepare for the shift:

  • Ramp from I-64 East to Story Avenue
  • One lane of I-64 East from Witherspoon Street to Mellwood Avenue

The closures are expected to begin around 9 p.m. on Friday, and both the ramp and lane are scheduled to open by 5 a.m. on Monday, May 16.

Work on the new lanes of I-64 East is expected to be complete this summer.

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The actual starting date and duration for the work may be adjusted if inclement weather or other unforeseen activities occur.

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.

State Leaders Approve Toll Policy for RiverLink

Tolling is expected to begin late this year

May 11, 2016 – Transportation and finance leaders from Indiana and Kentucky voted today to approve several measures preparing for the start of RiverLink, the new, all-electronic tolling system making the Louisville-Southern Indiana Ohio River Bridges Project possible.

The Tolling Body today approved the Bridges Project’s toll policy and business rules, which includes vehicle classification, account management information and fee structure on unpaid tolls.

The Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) commissioner, the Indiana public finance director, the Kentucky Public Transportation Infrastructure Authority (KPTIA) chairman and the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet secretary, or their designees, make up the project’s Joint Board. A separate Tolling Body includes the four Joint Board members and an appointed member from each state.

Nonpayment invoices and fees

The lowest toll rates are for drivers with transponders. Drivers with a prepaid account and registered license plate, but no transponder, will pay $1 more per crossing. The highest rates are for drivers with no prepaid account and no transponder.

Signage will notify drivers without a prepaid account that they have 15 days to pay tolls before a bill is mailed to the vehicle owner. The initial bill will give drivers 30 days to pay the amount of the tolls without any fees.

Unpaid tolls may be paid online at the RiverLink.com secure website using a credit card, debit card or checking account. Customer service centers on both sides of the river will also accept cash.

“Toll rates are higher without a transponder because of the increased administrative costs associated with reading license plates and researching the vehicle owner information,” said Jim Stark, INDOT deputy commissioner of innovative project delivery. “In the same way, nonpayment fees are assessed on a per invoice basis, instead of multiplying with unpaid tolls, to offset costs to mail the invoices and collect overdue amounts.”

Starting with the second bill, a $5 administrative fee will be added for each invoice with 30 days to pay. After a total of more than two months of unpaid tolls, the account will be in violation status with a $25 violation fee added to the bill. After more than three months of unpaid tolls, the account will be placed in collection status with an additional $30 collection fee.

After a total of more than four months, a hold will be placed on renewal of Indiana and Kentucky vehicle registrations until tolls and fees are paid.

 

Vehicle Classification

The Tolling Body approved the RiverLink vehicle classifications unveiled this week. Initial toll rates will range from $2-$12 depending on vehicle height, the number of axles, whether a transponder is in use and whether the driver has a prepaid account.

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E-ZPass and special transponders

The Joint Board approved making Riverlink interoperable with E-ZPass transponders used in 16 other states. The RiverLink E-ZPass transponder can be moved among vehicles registered to a single account and will cost $15 per transponder.

RiverLink will use KPTIA’s new membership in the E-ZPass Group with Indiana paying half of any Bridges Project-specific costs.

The RiverLink local transponder only works on local bridges and will be available for free, one per registered vehicle. The Joint Board also authorized KPTIA to acquire special transponders that will be available later this year to mount on motorcycles and license plates. Some low-emissivity (low-e) windshields will require a transponder mounted on the license plate.

 

Tolling advisor, custodian approved

The Joint Board named Parsons Transportation Group as the project’s tolling advisor after serving as interim tolling advisor since June 2015.

“The states considered all available options and determined that INDOT’s competitively-bid contract was the best method to ensure needed services were available on time,” said Kentucky Transportation Secretary Greg Thomas.

The Joint Board also approved Indiana’s and Kentucky’s selection of U.S. Bank as the project’s custodian responsible for safekeeping and distribution of toll revenues.

 

Start of Tolling

Tolling will begin when 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. Transponders will be available and customer service centers are expected to open by late summer.

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.

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About RiverLink

RiverLink is the all-electronic tolling system making the Louisville – Southern Indiana Ohio River Bridges Project possible. There will be no toll plazas, no coin machines, no lines and no stopping. The new Abraham Lincoln Bridge, the improved Kennedy Bridge and the new East End bridge will be tolled. Find more information at www.riverlink.com.

 

About the Ohio River Bridges Project

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 the Lee Hamilton Highway in Utica, Indiana. Both projects are scheduled for substantial completion late this year. Find all of the latest traffic information and more details on the Ohio River Bridges Project at www.kyinbridges.com.

Tolling: Recommendations Made for Vehicle Classification

State leaders to vote on tolling policy and business rules May 11 

May 9, 2016 –Indiana and Kentucky transportation officials are releasing recommendations for the vehicle classification system for RiverLink, the new, all-electronic tolling system making the Louisville – Southern Indiana Ohio River Bridges project possible.

Transportation and finance leaders from both states are scheduled to meet May 11 to vote on the recommendations and other measures that make up tolling policy and business rules.

Vehicle Classification

Toll rates will be based on vehicle height and number of axles, which is consistent with the classification system used by the majority of other tolling systems. Initial toll rates range from $2-$12. The lowest rates are for drivers with transponders.

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“It’s important to have a system that is clear and easy to understand, meets the financial requirements of the project and works with the capabilities of the tolling system,” said Kentucky Transportation Secretary Greg Thomas. “We believe we’ve achieved that, while keeping in mind our local and area businesses.”

Passenger Vehicles

  • All 2-axle vehicles up to 7 ½ feet in height

Examples: cars, SUVs, pickup trucks, vans, motorcycles

Medium Vehicles

  • All 2-axle vehicles more than 7 ½ feet in height
  • All 3-axle vehicles
  • All 4-axle vehicles

Examples: box trucks, buses, dump trucks, concrete trucks, high-roof vans, most vehicles towing trailers

Large Vehicles

  • All vehicles with 5 or more axles

Examples: semi-trailer trucks, some large RVs towing a vehicle, vehicles towing 3-axle trailers

“The medium vehicle category is deliberately large,” said Jim Stark, deputy commissioner of innovative project delivery with the Indiana Department of Transportation. “Many of these vehicles are short-haul, regional trucks. They’re delivery and service-based and some are making numerous trips across the bridges on a daily basis.”

Businesses do not qualify for a frequent-user discount, but the more affordable toll rates in the medium vehicle category are designed to assist many businesses in the region.

Toll Policy and Business Rules

Transportation and finance leaders from Indiana and Kentucky will vote on several business items May 11 at the Sheraton Hotel Ballroom, located at 700 W. Riverside Dr. in Jeffersonville.

The Joint Board consists of the Kentucky Public Transportation Infrastructure Authority (KPTIA) Chairman, the Indiana Public Finance Director, the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet Secretary and the Indiana Department of Transportation Commissioner, or their designees. The Joint Board meeting will begin at 2 p.m.

The bi-state Tolling Body is responsible for setting toll rates and establishing toll policy. It includes the four Joint Board members and an appointed member from each state. The Tolling Body will meet at 2:30 p.m. to vote on tolling policy and business rules that will govern the operation of the new tolling system.

Business rules include everything from initial toll rates and account management to the invoice process and nonpayment fees. Most of the information has been shared previously during a series of a dozen open houses held this year in Kentucky and Indiana.

Start of Tolling

Tolling will begin when 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. Transponders will be available and customer service centers are expected to open by late summer.

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.

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RiverLink

RiverLink is the all-electronic tolling system making the Louisville – Southern Indiana Ohio River Bridges Project possible. There will be no toll plazas, no coin machines, no lines and no stopping. 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 in connection with the project. Tolling is expected to begin in late 2016. Find more information at www.riverlink.com.

Ohio River Bridges Project

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 the Lee Hamilton Highway in Utica, Indiana. Both projects are scheduled for substantial completion late this year. Find all of the latest traffic information and more details on the Ohio River Bridges Project at www.kyinbridges.com.

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