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Bridge Type Selection

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The Bridge Type Selection process concluded in Dec. 2006 with the Executive Bridge Type Selection Committee’s selection of the Three-Tower Cable-Stayed bridge type for the Downtown Bridge and the Median-Tower, Cable-Stayed Center Cable bridge type for the East End Bridge. The selection ended an 18-month process that included cost and preliminary engineering analysis of several bridge type alternatives for both bridge locations and considerable public input.

Officials on both sides of the river committed to a bridge type selection process that entailed sharing concepts with the community as they were developed and offering them several opportunities to provide feedback. Taking into consideration public input, cost and engineering feasibility, an executive oversight committee with bi-state representation ultimately selected the designs.

Both bridge design teams began the Bridge Type Selection Process in early 2005. At each stage of the process, the design teams presented their work for comments at public meetings and at meetings with the project’s advisory teams.

In Nov. 2006, the Executive Bridge Type Selection Committee requested additional public input on the three final bridge types for both the Downtown and East End Bridge locations. The committee considered that feedback in an effort to choose bridge types that were consistent with the communities’ character and wishes. The committee selected the final bridge types in Dec. 2006, voting unanimously for both the Three-Tower Cable-Stayed bridge type for the Downtown Bridge and the Median-Tower, Cable-Stayed Center Cables bridge type for the East End Bridge.

A team led by Michael Baker Jr., Inc., designed concepts for the new Downtown Bridge and a team led by Parsons Brinckerhoff Quade and Douglas designed concepts for the East End Bridge. Both teams’ work was managed by the Bi-State Management Team, consisting of representatives from the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet, the Indiana Department of Transportation and the Federal Highway Administration.

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