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On Schedule: A Progress Report on the Kennedy Bridge

New video and photos detail work underway

July 28, 2016Major improvements to the John F. Kennedy Memorial Bridge are on schedule, with the bridge scheduled to reopen to traffic this fall. 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 Kennedy Bridge is expected to reopen to traffic in October. When the Kennedy reopens, direct access from I-65 South to I-64 West, I-64 East and I-71 Nor1th will be restored. The Kennedy is expected to initially carry two lanes of through traffic on I-65 South. It’s expected to fully open to six southbound lanes by late this year. The adjacent Abraham Lincoln Bridge will carry six lanes of northbound traffic.

The new floor system is being built on top of existing floor beams, with all new stringers, bearings and diaphragms the length of the Ke
nnedy Bridge. In all, more than 3.5 million pounds of steel are being replaced. The improvements are expected to add decades of new life to the 52-year old bridge.

Progress on the Kennedy

Crews with Walsh Construction started work on the east side of the bridge in June, after completing work on a new floor system on the west side of the Kennedy. The old deck was demolished and the old steel removed. Crews are currently installing the last of the new stringers. Stringers are the primary vertical support members of the floor system, running with traffic.

After the new stringers are in place, crews install stay-in-place metal decking and add reinforcing steel (rebar) before pouring the concrete. Crews are expected to start pouring the new deck on the east side of the Kennedy late this summer. The new deck will include nearly 6,000 cubic yards of concrete and 2.6 million pounds of reinforcing steel.

The Kennedy Bridge is expected to partially reopen in October.

Video and Photos of the Work

This video highlights work done on the west side of the Kennedy Bridge, from demolition through pouring the new deck. The work is now being repeated on the east side of the bridge: http://kyinbridges.com/galleries/videos/

Photos taken this week on the deck of the Kennedy Bridge: https://www.flickr.com/photos/downtowncrossing/albums/72157670866820061/with/28592864915/

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.

Boaters: Be Aware of Work on Bridges

Don’t stop under the Kennedy or East End bridge

July 26, 2016It’s important for boaters to remember the John F. Kennedy Memorial Bridge and the new East End bridge are active work zones, and are not areas where boaters should stop or slow down to watch the work.

During this busy summer boating season, crews have noticed several boats slowing down or stopping near the Kennedy and the East End bridge to watch the work, or seek shade in the area.

Boaters should not stop under these work zones. A great deal of activity is underway on both the Kennedy Bridge and the East End bridge. Some of the work includes bolts and other loose items that have the potential to fall below.

Crews with Walsh Construction are in the midst of installing a new floor system on the Kennedy Bridge. Much of the east side of the deck of the Kennedy is open following recent demolition work.

The best place to watch progress on the Kennedy Bridge and the new East End bridge is on the project website, www.kyinbridges.com.

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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.

The East End bridge will connect the Gene Snyder Freeway in Prospect, Kentucky with State Road 265 (Lee Hamilton Highway) in Utica, Indiana. Substantial completion is scheduled for late this year.

A Chance to Own a Piece of History

Bids are being accepted on Rosewell

(July 20, 2016)A historic home is for sale in eastern Jefferson County. Sealed bids are being accepted for Rosewell. The property is located at 6900 Transylvania Avenue in Prospect, and sits near the Ohio River.

The home, listed on the National Register of Historic Places, includes six bedrooms, four bathrooms and eight fireplaces. It’s more than 7,200 square feet and sits on 4.5 acres. The sale includes an additional 1.3 acres of adjacent, non-historic property for a total of nearly six acres of land.Rosewell exterior - 7.20.16 release

The two-story, hall-parlor house was built in the 1820s, with a limestone addition in 1854. The home was purchased by Charles and Anita Middleton in 1924. Anita named the home Rosewell for the roses that thrived on the farm’s well water.

The house includes ornate chandeliers and sconces, a stained-glass window and clawfoot tub. Arched doorways are located at either end of the grand hall.

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. Complete details of the preservation easement can be viewed here: http://kyinbridges.com/wp-content/uploads/Rosewell-Preservation-Easement.pdf.

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

Details of the Sale

The property is being sold by sealed bid, with a minimum bid reserve of $1,000,000. All bids must meet the reserve.

Sealed bids are being accepted through early October. All bids must be received before the scheduled bid opening, which is set for Monday, October 3 at 1:30 p.m. The Commonwealth of Kentucky reserves the right to reject any or all bids.

Five open houses are scheduled to give interested parties a closer look at the property. The open houses are August 11, August 17, August 22, September 7 and September 14. All are scheduled 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Find more information about the property and the sales process at www.kytcproperty.com.

Additional photos of the exterior and interior of Rosewell are posted on the project website:

https://www.flickr.com/photos/downtowncrossing/sets/72157669923022970/with/28267554505/

Video of the exterior of Rosewell is also available:

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.

 

RiverLink to Open for Business

Customer service centers to open Thursday

(July 20, 2016)Even though tolling won’t begin until late this year, drivers will be able to set up RiverLink accounts, and two RiverLink customer service centers will open for business on Thursday, July 21.

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.

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

Setting Up a RiverLink Account

To open an account, a driver will need to know a vehicle’s make, model, year, color and license plate number. A nickname can be chosen to help easily identify each vehicle.

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. A commercial account is for a minimum of five vehicles, with no maximum. The minimum balance to open a commercial account is $20 per vehicle.

Drivers can open a personal account online at the RiverLink.com secure website, by phone with a customer service representative (855-RIV-LINK) or in person at one of two RiverLink customer service centers. Drivers can use a credit card, debit card or checking account to open an account. The customer service centers also accept cash.

To set up a commercial account, businesses are encouraged to call 855-RIV-LINK and will be connected with a specialized customer service representative. Businesses that choose to visit a customer service center should bring an easy-to-read sheet with all vehicle information.

Calling a customer service representative is expected to be the fastest and easiest way for a business to open an account. Because of the specialized care, commercial accounts initially can’t be opened online.

Transponder Choices

There are two types of RiverLink transponders – RiverLink local transponders and RiverLink E-ZPass transponders. 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.

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.

Registered Plate

A driver can choose to open a prepaid account, but not get a transponder. In this case, a driver has a registered plate. A camera captures and recognizes the license plate and the appropriate toll is deducted from the prepaid account. Rates are $1 more per crossing because of higher administrative costs.

Only individuals and businesses wanting transponders will be able to set up their accounts when operations begin. Drivers will be able to set up an account with a registered plate later this year.

No Prepaid Account

If a driver chooses not to set up a prepaid account, the license plate will be photographed on each crossing, and an invoice will be sent in the mail to the registered owner. Drivers without a prepaid account – no transponder and no registered plate — will pay the highest toll rates because of higher administrative costs.

Specialty Transponders

Specialty transponders, including transponders for motorcycles and transponders to mount on license plates, will be available later this year. Some low-emissivity (low-e) windshields, a type of energy-efficient glass, require a transponder mounted on the license plate.

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.

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. Fine 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.

Untangling the Weaves of Spaghetti Junction

New ramp from Story Avenue to I-65 to open

July 15, 2016The new ramp from Story Avenue to I-65 will soon open to traffic as crews with Walsh Construction continue to make progress on the Downtown Crossing portion of the Ohio River Bridges Project.

“This ramp is the perfect example of improvements being made in the Kennedy Interchange,” said Deputy State Highway Engineer and Kentucky Transportation Cabinet Project Manager 1Andy Barber. “Drivers had to cross lanes of I-64 to reach I-65. Now, they’ll have their own ramp, eliminating a difficult merge. This project is organizing traffic, as we untangle some of the weaves in Spaghetti Junction. The result will be a safer and faster commute.”

As the new ramp from Story Avenue to I-65 opens to traffic, a number of significant traffic changes are expected. All changes are expected to be in place by 5 a.m. on Monday, July 18.

New Ramp from Story Avenue to I-65

A new ramp will take drivers from Story Avenue to I-65. The flyover ramp means drivers will no longer be merging across lanes of I-64 West to reach I-65 North and I-65 South. The new ramp is expected to improve safety and traffic flow in the area.

Drivers will continue to use the left lane of the Story Avenue ramp to access I-64 West. The right lane of the ramp will take drivers to I-65 North and I-65 South.

“Drivers are getting their own paths,” said Steven Schauer, Walsh Construction project manager. “As we get closer to project completion, the improvements our crews are making are becoming more obvious. Northbound traffic is being collected to head north. Southbound traffic will be collected to head south. Overall, drivers will see fewer weaves and more room to merge with traffic.”

Other Traffic Changes

Earlier Decision Point for I-64 to I-65

There’s going to be an earlier decision point for drivers on I-64 West traveling to either direction of I-65. The split to I-65 will now be a few hundred feet earlier, closer to Story Avenue.

65 South Traffic Splits Right

Drivers heading to I-65 South from I-64 West, I-71 South and Story Avenue will now split right to access the interstate. They had split to the left. The change will create a temporary weave for drivers heading from I-64 West to I-65 South, as they join traffic from I-71. It’s important to note this is a temporary change to allow existing ramps to be rebuilt in the area. Traffic will be in its final configuration later this year.

I-64 West and I-71 South will access I-65 North from the left lane. Drivers from I-71 South to I-65 North will experience the effect of the temporary weave as drivers from I-64 move right to access I-65 South. It’s important for all drivers to slow down and use caution in the area.

I-71 South Traffic Shift

Traffic on I-71 South will be shifting to the left, giving crews more space to work in the area. The biggest change that drivers will notice is that I-64 West traffic will now be merging on their left, instead of the right.

All traffic changes are expected to be in place by 5 a.m. on Monday, July 18. Drivers should be prepared for a new look and feel as they drive through the area. They should slow down and pay close attention to signage, especially during the first few days of the changes.

Weekend Closures

Some closures will be in place this weekend to prepare for the traffic changes. The following closures are scheduled to begin around 9 p.m. Saturday and end by 5 a.m. Monday:

  • Ramp from I-64 West to I-65 North and I-65 South
  • Two lanes of I-64 West from Payne Street to I-65 split
  • One lane of I-71 South from Frankfort Avenue to I-65 split

The following ramp is scheduled to close around 9 p.m. Saturday night and reopen by 9 a.m. Sunday:

  • Ramp from I-71 South to I-65 South

Signed detours will be in place during full closures.

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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.

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