Ohio River Bridges Project

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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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Local News
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.

Local News
2:30 pm
Sat December 21, 2013

Ramp From I-65 N to I-64 W to Remain Closed for Repairs

The column being repaired.
Credit Ohio River Bridges Project

  The ramp from northbound Interstate 65 to westbound Interstate 64 in downtown Louisville will remain closed for repairs.

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, and repairs are expected to begin Sunday.

The company that's building a new bridge downtown, Walsh Construction, will do the repairs, according to officials with the Ohio River Bridges project. There is no timeline on the repairs. 

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Local News
9:35 pm
Fri December 20, 2013

Pending Inspection, Ramp from I-65 N to I-64 W in Downtown Louisville is Closed

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Kentucky transportation officials on Friday closed the ramp from northbound Interstate 65 to westbound I-64 in downtown Louisville out of concerns for "apparent" deterioration in a support column.

The ramp will stay closed pending an inspection. The interchange is in the area of the downtown part of the Ohio River Bridges Project, and contractor Walsh Construction will have a structural engineer join transportation cabinet engineers during the "thorough" inspection, the cabinet said in a news release.

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Local News
6:00 am
Mon December 16, 2013

TARC to Offer New Route Between Kentucky and Indiana

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The Transit Authority of River City will soon offer commuters a new travel option between downtown Louisville and Southern Indiana.

Beginning Jan. 27, two new TARC commuter coaches will make four daily round trips across the Ohio River via I-65.

Designed to be mobile work spaces, the coaches are equipped with electrical outlets, free wi-fi and overhead storage. Passengers will pay an express fare of $2.75.

TARC Executive Director Barry Barker wants the coaches to be exempt from tolling for the Ohio River Bridges Project.

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Local News
2:59 pm
Wed October 16, 2013

Governor Steve Beshear: Federal Budget Deal Kicks 'Can Down the Road'

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FRANKFORT — Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear offered sharp criticism of Congress, chiding the nation’s lawmakers for being out of touch with their constituents and for causing needless pain across the state through the ongoing federal shutdown.

Striking a populist tone, Beshear characterized national congressional leadership as acting “like a bunch of spoiled brats in a food fight,” and that they ought not to be paid while the government continues to be shut down for a 16th day.

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Local News
4:09 pm
Thu October 3, 2013

Financing Options Discussed for New Northern Kentucky Bridge

The Brent Spence Bridge

Transportation officials in Kentucky and Ohio are working on a financing plan for a new bridge linking Covington and Cincinnati. 

They say the bridge, with an estimated cost of $2.5 billion, is needed to ease congestion on the 50 year old Brent Spence Bridge, which carries Interstate-75 and 71 traffic over the Ohio River.  

Kentucky Transportation Cabinet Spokesman Chuck Wolfe says that bridge remains sound and would still carry northbound I-71 traffic.

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3:00 pm
Mon September 30, 2013

Ohio River Bridges Crews Reach New 'Milestone' Phase for Downtown Crossing

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Crews on the downtown crossing of the Ohio River Bridges Project have begun a new phase of construction that project officials are calling a milestone. This is the first work in the project that is primarily above the surface of the water and will be visible to residents.

Max Rowland, the project manager with Walsh Construction, said setting the first of six concrete and steel tubs over foundation shafts on Thursday was met with ideal conditions and the 243,000 pound tub “fit like a glove.”

“We just hope the next five go as well as this first one did,” he said.

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Local News
4:25 pm
Mon September 23, 2013

TARC Starts $30-Million Project to Modernize Public Transit in Louisville

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Ten new TARC buses with updated technology hit Louisville area roads on Tuesday, part of the roll out of a four-year, $30-million initiative to improve public transportation.

The new buses will service TARC's two routes crossing the Ohio River. They're replacing buses that have traveled more than 500,000 miles—and 11 more buses are expected to roll out in October, on cross-river routes and on express routes.

The 21 new buses will have free WiFi, power charging stations for mobile devices and overhead storage. TARC paid $9.5 million for them.

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