INDIANAPOLIS (AP) The Indiana Department of Transportation announced Dec. 28 that the state had finalized its agreement with the partnership group that will build a new Ohio River bridge between Indiana and Kentucky for $763 million.
The step represents a final decision on the selection of the WVB East End Partners consortium that the Indiana Finance Authority preliminarily approved in November.
Indiana is overseeing construction of the so-called East End bridge that will complete an interstate loop around Louisville, Ky., with a crossing between Utica, Ind., and Prospect, Ky. Kentucky officials are handling construction of a second bridge for Interstate 65 at downtown Louisville and upgrades to the current bridge. Kentucky Transportation Cabinet officials said that the agency gave notice to proceed to Walsh Construction Co., which will build the downtown crossing.
Motorists will pay tolls to use all three of the spans after they’re completed.
The WVB East End Partners group can now complete design work on the East End bridge that is scheduled for completion in late 2016, Indiana highway department spokesman Will Wingfield said.
“We’re thinking it’s likely construction crews will start mobilizing this summer,” Wingfield said.
The $763 million bid from WVB East End Partners is 23 percent below the project’s previous $987 million cost estimate, which doesn’t include costs for land acquisition and relocating utilities. WVB East End Partners includes Walsh Investors, VINCI Concessions and Bilfinger Berger and 21 other entities.