Ohio River Bridges Project

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1:51 pm
Fri October 24, 2014

The Ohio River Bridges Project Will Start Looking For a Toll Operator, Again

What the new downtown bridge will look like.
Credit Ohio River Bridges Project

The bi-state board overseeing the Ohio River Bridges Project will restart the process for finding a toll services operator because of conflict of interest concerns.

The decision, made in a vote Friday, shouldn't affect the planned start date for tolling, according to a news release from the project. That's expected when the new bridges open to traffic in 2016, said a spokesman for the Indiana Department of Transportation.

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1:54 pm
Wed October 15, 2014

Ohio River Bridges Project Toll Operator Selection Delayed

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The process of selecting a company to install and operate the tolls on the Ohio River Bridges Project has hit a snag.

The Indiana Finance Authority was set to vote Thursday to finalize the selection of Virginia-based Kapsch TrafficCom IVHS Inc. for the toll installation and operation.  But Kendra York, the director of the Indiana Finance Authority, said that would not be happening.

At least, not this week.

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12:53 pm
Wed October 1, 2014

I-65 Traffic Shift Expected to Begin Wednesday

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 The long-planned traffic shift on Interstate 65 in Southern Indiana is expected to begin Wednesday night.

The shift—part of construction process for the Ohio River Bridges Project—includes splitting the two open lanes, creating a left and right channel for drivers for more than a half mile. The two lanes of southbound I-65 will join again near Court Avenue, with access available to Exit 0 in Jeffersonville. Drivers wanting to exit there should use the right lane at the split.

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1:21 pm
Mon September 29, 2014

Public Comment Sought on Proposed Toll Operator For Ohio River Bridge

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The Indiana Finance Authority is seeking public input today regarding the proposal to hire a Virginia-based company to install and manage electronic tolls on the Ohio River Bridges Project.

Earlier this month, a bistate joint board  proposed hiring Kapsch TrafficCom to maintain tolling collection operations.

Will Wingfield, a spokesman for the Indiana Department of Transportation, said public comment is an important part of the selection process.

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4:11 pm
Mon September 15, 2014

Company Gets Preliminary Selection to Install, Operate Tolls on New Ohio River Bridges

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A Virginia company is close to securing a seven-year, $39-million contract to install and operate tolling systems for the Ohio River Bridges Project.

The bi-state joint board for the project on Monday selected Kapsch TrafficCom IVHS as the preferred choice for installation of the electronic tolls that will be placed on the downtown and East End crossings, according to a news release from the Indiana Department of Transportation.

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9:00 am
Sun September 14, 2014

Potential Toll Provider For Ohio River Bridges Project to be Chosen Monday

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The process of selecting a contractor to install the tolling system for the Ohio River Bridges Project takes another step Monday.

The joint board for the bridges project will identify a potential toll systems provider, said Chuck Wolfe, a spokesman for the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet.

Before any contract is signed a public hearing must be held, which Wolfe said will most likely happen at the end of this month. Toll collection is scheduled to begin  in 2016. Wolfe said installing the system well ahead of that date is imperative to establish proper functionality.

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1:00 pm
Sun August 31, 2014

'Big Squeeze' Expected to Cause Long-Term Traffic Issues on I-65

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A new stage of the downtown bridge project starting Tuesday will reduce Interstate 65 lanes and shift traffic in Southern Indiana, leading to traffic congestion into 2016.

The Downtown Crossing portion of the Ohio River Bridges Project faces traffic delays during this long-term portion of the construction. This construction phase focuses on I-65 between Brown's Station Way and the Kennedy Bridge.

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7:06 am
Mon July 7, 2014

Reminder: The Clark Memorial Bridge Closes for Weeks Starting Tuesday

The Clark Memorial Bridge
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The Clark Memorial Bridge closes at midnight on Tuesday for construction of the downtown crossing of the Ohio River Bridges Project.

Project spokeswoman Mindy Peterson says the bridge that connects Jeffersonville and downtown Louisville will close for about six weeks.

Nearly 25,000 vehicles cross the bridge every day.

Peterson says there will be no changes to the Clark Memorial itself but closing the bridge is necessary to work on the downtown crossing.

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7:00 am
Mon March 10, 2014

Lane Restrictions Planned for Clark Memorial Bridge on Monday

The Clark Memorial Bridge
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The southbound approach to the Clark Memorial Bridge will be reduced to one-lane beginning Monday morning.

Crews will be dismantling historic limestone pylons and railings, officials from the project said.  The structures will be reincorporated into the bridge once ramp construction is complete.

The work will eventually move into the northbound approach, closing one lane in each direction.

The existing four travel lanes on the Clark Memorial Bridge will not be affected during the work.

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4:13 pm
Sun December 22, 2013

I-65 North Ramp to I-64 West Has Reopened

Ohio River Bridges Project

The ramp from northbound Interstate 65 to westbound Interstate 64 in downtown Louisville has been reopened to traffic.

The ramp was closed suddenly Friday out of concern for what appeared to be deterioration in a support column.

An inspection Saturday confirmed the deterioration.   The installation of additional supports was completed Sunday evening.  

Kentucky Transportation Cabinet officials say inspections of all support piers along the Kennedy Bridge interchange will be conducted in the coming weeks as a precaution.

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